Complete Examinations & Cleanings
Regular dental examinations are an important part of preventive health care. During the first visit, we will take down a full report of your medical and dental history to evaluate your overall wellness. This allows for us to identify anything that may potentially impact your oral/dental health status and flag any precautions or contraindications to some dental treatments.
The examination includes evaluating your risk of developing other oral problems and checking your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental examination might also include X-rays or other diagnostic procedures if needed.
Occasionally, we may identify some autoimmune diseases like Sjogren syndrome, hematologic diseases like thrombocytopenia, chronic diseases like gastroesophageal reflux disease, and cancer-like oral squamous cell carcinoma etc.
We only use digital X-rays to ensure the best for our patients. Digital x-rays reduce the exposure to radiation by 70% less than the traditional film system. Other benefits include immediate viewing of pictures, the ability to digitally increase the contrast to detect abnormalities, and a larger size to improve detection of hard-to-see cavities.
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What You Can Expect During Each Examination
- Assessment of your overall health and oral hygiene
- Evaluation of the existence of oral cancer and other systemic diseases that may manifest in your mouth
- Examination of your risk of tooth decay, gum and bone disease
- Treatment planning of your need for tooth restoration or replacement
- Understanding of patient’s main concerns and priorities and other restrictive factors like money and fear
- Checking your bite, jaw and temporal mandibular joints for problems
- Assessing your need for cleaning, gum disease therapy and other treatments or referral
- Counselling about diet, use of tobacco products and other lifestyle factors that can affect oral health
- Demonstrating proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures
- Presentation of conditions and diseases that may affect you
- Discussion of the most appropriate treatment plan for conditions and diseases
- Answering questions, revision of your plan and prioritizing the different treatment modalities with 2-way communication
Getting Aﬃnity Dental Care Clean
Prevention starts with strong at-home dental habits and teeth cleaning. Clean teeth and healthy gums are an important part of the overall health of a person. There are numerous studies that have shown the significant link between one’s oral health and
overall health. To keep bacteria and harmful substances from going into your body, effective and daily dental cleaning is crucial.
We use an electronic device called the Cavitron to remove plaque, tartar and stains. The Cavitron has been proven to be more effective than other popular devices by studies. Manual cleaning of tooth surfaces above and below the gums will also be done with special instruments called scalers and curettes.
For those hard to reach areas, stubborn superficial stains and patients with braces, a device called a Prophy Jet can generate a stream of super fine sodium bicarbonate powder mixed with water. This will be used to remove the extrinsic stains.
Polishing with individually packaged Nupro Sensodyne Paste on a single-use rubber cup is also done at the end of the session.
A sodium fluoride rinse or varnish may also be applied onto your teeth for those who are at higher risk of getting cavities.
Oral hygiene instructions are also one of the integral parts of maintaining cleanliness and hence your overall health. They include discussions on the 3 pillars:
- what type of toothbrushes should be used,
- how to brush and floss properly and
- when to brush and floss your teeth.
In addition, your diet is one of the important components to be investigated. Not only about sugar consumption, it is also about nutrients for total wellness. We look at possible deficiencies in certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients based on the latest Canada’s Food Guide. These deficiencies have negative impacts on our overall health. For example, calcium is obviously an important building block of our teeth and bone structure but the deficiency of calcium could be caused by vitamin D insuffiency or hypoparathyroidism. The deficiency of Vit B12 can result in burning mouth syndrome, glossitis and chronic inflammation at the corners of the mouth etc. Unfortunately, a Vit B12 deficiency is more common in the elderly due to poor absorption at older age.
If this is the type of clean you want to experience, call our team now. We have a spot for you.