Preventive Dental Hygiene
Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Ottawa Downtown Dental can help you prevent any dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Ideally twice a year, you'll see your dentist to give them the opportunity to spot any oral health issues and create a plan to treat them accordingly.
During your exam, your dentist will closely check the health of your gums, teeth, jaw and bite. Exams may also involve dental x-rays, an oral cancer screening and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of your mouth or surrounding tissues can be impacted by oral cancer. During your exam, your dentist will search your face, lips, tongue, neck, tissues, throat and gums for any signs of oral cancer which are difficult to see with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
Keep your smile healthy between dental appointments by maintaining excellent oral hygiene at home. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Floss at least once per day.
The deep cleaning is an essential component to a regular dental appointment. Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will complete this task to prevent and treat disease on your teeth and gums.
To start, a scaler will be used to remove any plaque buildup and tartar. Next, a polisher topped with coarse toothpaste will be used to remove any plaque or leftover stains. The cleaning concludes with a thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Are you or your child at high risk of tooth decay? If so, your dentist will diagnose this and recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.