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Dental Exams and Cleanings

One of the foundations of good dental health is preventative care.  Dental exams and cleanings are an important part of maintaining healthy gums.

At your exam appointments, Dr. Bellusci or Dr. Chow will inspect your mouth for tooth decay (caries), gum disease and oral lesions.  Radiographs (or X-rays) may also be prescribed to check areas that are difficult to see. Exams often pick up potential problems that you are not yet able to see or feel, therefore identifying the beginnings of oral health problems before they become severe.  The frequency of exams is based on your oral health needs.

Dental exams may happen in conjunction to professional dental cleanings, also known as hygiene appointments.  These sessions reduce built-up plaque and calculus that might not be removable by brushing and flossing.

Did you know…

The Canadian Dental Association recommends a first visit with a dentist by 12 months of age (or within 6 months of first tooth erupting).  This is to help reduce early childhood caries.  For more information on dental care for kids, please refer to the Canadian Dental Association’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?

Yes. Even if you brush and floss after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harboring plaque can accumulate in tiny crevices, grooves and pits. Over time, tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontitis can result in pain, infection and/or total tooth loss.

What should I expect at my exam and cleaning appointment?

Your routine exam will consist of an inspection of the teeth and gums. You will consult with Dr. Bellusci or Dr. Chow about any oral health concerns or questions you may have.  Radiographs (X-rays) may be recommended for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. Once the dentists have collected and reviewed the necessary information, treatment recommendations will be discussed with you.

For the cleaning, special instruments will be used to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. Your teeth will then be polished and treated with topical fluoride application.  Based on our findings, the staff will also instruct you on oral care at home, and will make recommendations on your hygiene appointment frequency.

If it has been a while since your last cleaning and if there is heavy buildup of plaque and calculus, additional appointments may be necessary to complete the cleaning.

What types of oral hygiene guidelines should I follow after my visit?

In between dental appointments, be sure to maintain good oral habits at home. This includes flossing each day and brushing twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush using a fluoridated toothpaste.  Dr. Bellusci and Dr. Chow may have additional suggestions for home care at your visit.