Proper dental care is an important part of healthy living. Good oral hygiene (brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and avoiding sugary foods and drinks) plays a large part in maintaining dental health, but regular dental checkups are also important.
A dental check-up is a once-or-twice yearly procedure designed to detect tooth decay and assess all dental problems before they become emergencies. The check-up has two parts: a scaling and dental prophylaxis performed by a dental hygienist and an exam performed by a dentist.
If the exam reveals any problems, such as cavities, further dental treatment may be required. Usually, these treatments are performed by the dentist doing the exam.
The dental hygienist will:
● Update your medical and dental history. Take prescribed dental radiographs. ● Assess the condition of your teeth and gums and discuss your oral health concerns. ● Scale the teeth and remove tartar, stains, polish the teeth and do a fluoride remineralisation treatment. ● Provide a dental hygiene treatment plan that considers disease prevention to achieve optimal health. ● Assist you in ways to maintain your oral health. ● Explain how dental hygiene care can help maintain a healthy mouth and body.
What to expect from dental hygiene care:
You can expect to receive quality preventive oral hygiene care from a health professional who is registered with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO).
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