Preventive Dental Hygiene
Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at St. Laurent Dental Centre in Ottawa can help you prevent dental issues from developing and keep your smile healthy.
Visiting your dentist twice a year for routine oral examinations gives your dentist the opportunity to spot any oral health issues that may be developing and make a plan to treat them before they become more serious concerns.
During each examination appointment, your dentist will take a close look at the health of your teeth, gums, jaw and bite. If required for diagnostic or treatment purposes, your exam might also include dental x-rays, an oral cancer screening and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
During your appointment, your dentist will examine your face, neck, mouth and throat to look for any oral abnormalities, such as cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions. Early detection is essential and regular dental appointments allow us to monitor and treat any developing issues.
Oral Health Care at Home
A good at-home oral hygiene routine is fundamental to keeping your smile healthy between dental appointments. Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once a day can help to prevent oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Your dental hygienist works with your dentist to help you achieve your optimal oral health. Before or after your exam, your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat disease.
Your cleaning will include the careful removal of any built-up plaque and tartar between your teeth and along your gum line, followed by polishing and thorough flossing to get your smile looking and feeling its very best.
Your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment if you or your child has a high risk of tooth decay. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or even reverse tooth decay.