Preventive dentistry is the number one way to:
• avoid cavities • toothaches • root canals • tooth decay • sensitive teeth •
• gum recession • tooth extractions •
If you follow our recommendations, not only will it assist in preventing the above issues, it will also mean you have fresh breath and a sparkling smile you can be confident in.
Preventative dental care really does have all these benefits. Removing dental plaque from the teeth can prevent cavities (a.k.a. dental caries), gingivitis (swollen and infected gums), periodontal disease (infected and receding gums with bone loss) and helps your immune system by decreasing inflammation in your body. When dental plaque builds up, it becomes hardened and is known as tartar. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, and preventing gum and tooth disease helps to lessen the demand on your immune system.
Regular brushing and flossing needs to be part of your daily health care routine.
Home Dental Care
Believe it or not, you need to brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. What exactly does that mean? You should floss at least once a day and brush your teeth after each meal, and if that isn’t possible, then at least twice a day… in the morning and before you go to bed. Why? This helps prevent tartar buildup and that’s important because your body views tartar as a foreign invader and will start an immune reaction to counter this invader. When your body is fighting tartar, the reaction turns to gum disease otherwise known as Gingivitis. Many people have some degree of gingivitis, but when your body is fighting the tartar buildup, it also hurts the bones and tissues in your mouth.
By keeping your teeth and mouth clean, it gives your immune system a break and also helps keep your entire body healthier.
If you’re not sure if your brushing technique is up to par, ask one our hygienist how you should brush and floss your teeth properly to ensure you are effectively cleaning your teeth and gums without causing damage to your mouth.
Other ways to ensure you keep your teeth healthy include:
• using a CDA approved toothpaste • having a well-balanced diet • limiting sweets and sticky foods • avoiding smoking •
Regular Hygienist Cleaning
Your hygienist is able to clean your teeth with their specialized knowledge and tools, achieving results that you just can’t get at home.Even the best brushers and flossers need regular check ups and cleanings every six months. It’s tough for you to reach all the areas in your mouth yourself, especially below your gums and between your teeth, but your hygienist can reach all of them! They will do a consultation, clean and polish your teeth, review your periodontal health, answer any questions you may have, and if needed, review treatment plans that have been recommended.
During your cleaning, you should also see your dentist for your check-up! This will include:
• head and neck exam • oral cancer screening • periodontal and gum exam •
• TMJ analysis • tooth by tooth inspection • X-rays and photographs •
Your dentist will also be able to review any concerns you may have and discuss treatment plans and options with you if applicable.
Protecting Your Smile: Guards & Sealants
Whether you are a professional or recreational athlete playing a sport where collisions can happen (hockey, football, lacrosse, rugby, etc.), you should be aiming to prevent the potential for dental work due to an injury by using an athletic sports guard. Talk to your dentist for a recommendation to find the best product for you.
The dentist may also talk to you about teethgrinding (aka:buxism). Bruxism is a habitual condition that can be made worse by an increase in life stress. Bruxism involves involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth, most often while a person is sleeping. This habit can lead to chipped, cracked or even broken teeth, as well as TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) pain and issues. If you do have either of these, we can help fabricate the right night guard/splint to help alleviate the problem and help your maintain strong and healthy teeth.
Dental Sealants have become popular, especially for children, and can help prevent further tooth decay. Your molars (back teeth) have grooves (fissures) on their biting surfaces. Food can get stuck there easily (sticky food such as caramels or even crunchy food like crackers!). Dental sealants fill those pits, reducing the risk of tooth decay. It’s especially helpful for children who are at a higher risk for tooth decay and sometimes find it more difficult to clean their teeth properly. Sealants can help reduce the risk that you or your children will require fillings, root canals, or extractions later in life. But, keep in mind, sealants work hand in hand with proper brushing and oral care!
Oral hygiene and regular dentist visits help contribute to healthy teeth and in turn a healthy body. And it will also give you a natural and beautiful smile for years to come. Call us at 403-289-9185 to book your appointment and let us help you maintain your healthy teeth and glowing smile.