Checkups & Cleaning
Checkups & Cleaning
Preventative maintenance is your best protection against oral health challenges, but what does ‘preventative maintenance’ really entail? Eating a nutritious diet that is low in simple sugars and high in protein and fibre supports the health of your teeth and body, and your daily oral care routines have a direct impact on the wellness of your teeth. Brushing and flossing daily keeps bacteria counts down and reduces the acidity in the mouth – two things required for tooth decay to occur. A third pillar in dental health is the regular checkups and cleaning that your dentist performs.
Why Do We Need Preventative Maintenance?
If you are anxious about the dentist, your inclination may be to ignore your regular checkups in an attempt to keep the anxiety at bay. However, regular checkups are often the best thing you can do, not only for your oral health, but also for minimizing time spent in the chair! After all, we are often the bearers of not-so-great news when a patient has waited too long to get in to see us. That is because while anxious or busy patients were avoiding the dentist, problems were given an opportunity to establish themselves – leading them to spend more time at the dentist’s office.
The human mouth is a complex environment – one that requires that many of its parts work together to function at their best, and one that is also warm, wet and dark. And warm, wet and dark spells bacterial growth. Our mouths have a plethora of different bacteria in them, so keeping them clean and free of plaque should be our number one priority. Bacterial overgrowth leads to many oral health conditions including dental decay, yeast overgrowth, and gingivitis/periodontitis.
Good oral hygiene protects us against most of these challenges. The fact is, many oral health concerns do not present at the surface, keeping them hidden from the naked eye. Regular checkups with your dentist provide the opportunity to see between the teeth, beneath the gums and even down to the bone structure that supports the teeth. Problems that lurk beneath the gumline can sometimes be hard to detect if they do not present with symptoms, as is often the case with some forms of dental cysts.
Many forms of cancer, too, can be missed without regular checkups. Sores that won’t heal, changes in tissue and lumps or bumps can go undetected without the careful assessment of your oral health by a dental professional. Once problems have progressed beyond the point where their impact can be limited, more rigorous intervention is often required.
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All services performed by a general dentist.
What is Covered in a Dental Checkup?
Your dental checkup will begin with paperwork and a discussion with your dentist in order to update your file. Any changes in your medical history, including what medications you are taking regularly as well as any concerns you have about your oral health will be noted. This information helps us understand your oral health profile and ensures that any prescriptions that could impact your oral health are monitored effectively. Your dentist will inspect the surface of all the teeth, any gum recession or areas of sensitivity, all of the tissues of your mouth including gums, cheeks and tongue, and your lymph nodes.
Next, the quality and alignment of your bite will be assessed and X-rays of your teeth will be taken. Once all the findings have been reviewed, you will be engaged in a dialogue to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan to address any conditions or concerns that you may have. This is also an opportunity to discuss your oral health goals with your dentist. Thinking about straightening your teeth? Want to know more about teeth whitening? Your dental professional has the information you need.
Do I Really Need Dental Cleaning?
If you are someone with no oral health concerns, you may not think you need a dental cleaning. While it is true that some require more frequent cleaning than others, it is recommended that our patients see us for a professional cleaning a minimum of twice a year.
Tartar, also known as calculus, is a hard substance that accumulates on the teeth as plaque becomes calcified. This hardened plaque can harbor bacteria, leading teeth to appear discoloured and contributing to bad breath. Neither toothbrush nor floss can safely remove tartar once it is established. Rather, regular professional cleanings are required to remove it from the teeth with specialized tools and techniques.
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