Preventive dental hygiene, including regular dental exams and cleanings at our Calgary dental office, is necessary to prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease and to maintain your oral health.
The Importance of Professional Dental Care
Many people see their mouth as a separate component from the body’s overall health but the truth is that it’s all connected. Dental health issues can indicate or even cause illness in other parts of your body – including diabetes and heart disease. Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential to keeping your mouth, and the rest of your body, healthy.
During your oral exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will conduct a comprehensive physical exam of your entire mouth.
They will examine your teeth, gums and bite to identify and treat any developing dental health problems before they become serious.
Your exam will also include a dental cleaning, dental x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures as required.
Most teeth cleanings are performed by our dental hygienists.
It is a simple and painless process however knowing what to expect prior to your appointment will help take away any apprehension, and allow you to enjoy the process as much as the results.
With the use of a scaling tool the dental hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar from around your gum line as well as in-between your teeth. Scaling is a more extensive procedure than a standard dental cleaning because it involves cleaning the areas below the gum line. However, this is an important part of professional teeth cleaning because it prevents the development or progression of gum disease.
Once your teeth are plaque-free the dental hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush to remove any residual tartar.
The last step in the teeth cleaning process is a fluoride treatment where foamy gel is put into a pan and onto your teeth to sit for one minute. This foamy gel acts as a protectant for your teeth to help fight cavities.
Benefits of Preventative Dental Hygiene
Regular professional dental cleanings and exams will help improve your overall dental health.
Other significant benefits of dental cleanings include:
- Gum disease prevention
- Minimizes risk of a heart attack or stroke
- Minimizes risk of other illnesses including diabetes, dementia, and oral cancer
- Early detection of dental problems which saves you money in the long run
- Helps maintain fresh breath
- Helps keep a brighter smile
- Helps prevent tooth loss
About Your Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a naturally derived mineral that helps make your teeth more resistant to decay by re-mineralizing your tooth enamel. Fluoride treatment at your dentist's office is a safe option for both children and adults.