Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Dentistry at Lifestyles in Midland may be able to help you prevent dental issues, catch problems early before they become more severe, and keep your smile healthy.
Twice yearly oral exams at our Midland dental office, give your dentist the opportunity to identify any oral health issues that may be developing and recommend appropriate treatment.
When you visit us for your routine exam, your dentist will take a close look at the health of your teeth, gums, jaw and bite. Your exam may also include dental x-rays, an oral cancer screening and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. During your routine exam, your dentist will check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer which can be difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
A good at-home oral hygiene routine including brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once a day, is the key to maintaining a healthy smile between dental exams.
Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, and treat disease.
To begin, your hygienist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Next, they will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed by a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
If you or your child has a 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.