Preventive Dental Hygiene
Routine oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Souris Family Dental in Weyburn can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally once a year, you'll see your dentist for a routine oral exam. This gives them the opportunity to identify any emerging oral health issues and create a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will closely check the health of your teeth, jaw, bite and gums.
Exams may also include an oral cancer screening, dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures that may be required.
- Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer may infect any part of your mouth or surrounding tissues. During your exam, your dentist will inspect the face, lips, tongue, throat, neck, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer, which can be difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Children's molars and premolars can have deep fissures in them that are difficult to keep clean with regular brushing.
Dental sealants are thin, clear plastic coatings that we apply to the molars and premolars to seal off these fissures to prevent bacteria and plaque from building up inside them.
- Prophylaxis Appointment
A prophylaxis appointment can help your dentist diagnose any problems at an early stage. Typically, people should see their dentist for this appointment twice a year, with people at higher risk of dental disease requiring more frequent visits.
During the appointment, your dental hygienist will review your medical history, take x-rays if required, check for areas of tooth decay and measure the depth of your gum tissue with a periodontal probe.
Oral Health Care at Home
Maintain a healthy smile between dental appointments by brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. You should also floss at least once per day.
The deep cleaning of your teeth and gums is a critical component of your dental exam. Your dental hygienist will perform this essential task before or after your exam to prevent and treat disease.
To start, we use a cavitron ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar and plaque buildup, and then finish up with a standard scaler to remove any residue. Next, they will use a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste to eliminate any leftover stains or plaque, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
If your dentist finds that you or your child are at high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.