The importance of regular dental examinations
Regular visits to the dentist are essential in order to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. We recommend that you come in for an appointment every six months.
A routine examination consists in having your teeth cleaned by one of our dental hygienists to remove plaque and tartar as well as to check for cavities. Plaque, which is a whitish deposit that remains on the surface of your teeth, is caused by bacteria that hardens and eventually transforms into tartar if not removed promptly. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a dental professional. Left unchecked, tartar build-up will ultimately lead to other much more serious problems in the medium to long term.
During the examination, the hygienist will also verify your gums using a special instrument that measures the depth of the space between your teeth and gums. A minimum amount of space means that your gums are in good condition, but anything over a certain measurement indicates that your gums are inflamed and may signal the onset of gingivitis. Of course, the unique characteristics of each patient also play a role in assessing overall gum health (eating habits, smoking, saliva production, diabetes, etc).
Note that testing for oral cancers can also be performed at the clinic if necessary.