Exams & Cleanings in Mississauga, ON
Part of keeping your teeth healthy is to get routine exams and cleanings from our dentists at Pearl Dental Care every six months. The examinations are vital to catching problems with your teeth early enough to successfully treat them to minimize damage.
What Happens During a Dental Examination?
While a dental exam involves examining inside your mouth and closely looking at your teeth, they also examine other aspects of the mouth. After putting on gloves, they will run their fingers along your neck, inside of the lips, cheeks and under the tongue to check for lumps or hard areas. Our dentists in Mississauga, ON do this exam as part of an oral cancer screening.
Oral cancer is only one of the diseases that dentists can spot while working on your teeth. After checking the mouth, they will focus on examining your teeth. With a tongue dispenser and small mirror, a dentist at Pearl Dental Care will look closely at each tooth, checking for chips, fractures, or cavities. They also check the gums for the disease.
If you ever wondered why a dentist has you stick out your tongue and uses a tongue dispenser while you’re saying “ah,” it helps them to see the back of your tongue and throat. In this area, they can spot symptoms of both oral and throat cancer early enough for successful treatments and outcomes.
Cleaning the Teeth
After they examine your mouth, our dentists near you in Mississauga, ON will move onto cleaning your teeth. They will do a routine, or prophylaxis, cleaning unless they spot a problem with your teeth. This routine cleaning removes plaque and tartar on your teeth in areas where it is difficult to reach while brushing them.
If our dentists spot problems like receding gums or an excess of tartar build-up, then our dentist at Pearl Dental Care may do scaling and root planing, or deep, cleaning. This type of cleaning removes plaque and tartar on the teeth and along the gum line to prevent decay from developing.
Along with brushing and flossing your teeth, seeing one of our dentists in Mississauga, ON for tooth exams and cleanings are the best way to prevent tooth decay and damage.