Oral Hygiene & Teeth Cleaning
Regular visits to your dentist are an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If the plaque is not removed, the bacteria in the plaque will produce acid. This causes teeth to decay and gums to become infected. An important part of any dental checkup is early detection of tooth decay. The earlier that decay is detected the easier it is to treat.
If tooth decay is allowed to progress without detection, more extensive restorations are required.
At the Dental Care Centre, we are able to help identify signs of periodontal disease which, like tooth decay, is important to detect early on.
Oral Exams & Cancer Sceening
As a part of your regular check-up the Dental Care Centre offers complete oral exams with cancer screening.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
In addition to regular brushing and flossing, your teeth periodically require professional cleaning.
A scaling instrument is used by our hygiene team during a regular dental visit to remove plaque and calculus above and below the gum line. Removing the plaque and calculus helps to prevent inflammation, which could otherwise lead to advancement of periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases begins with plaque formation on your teeth both above and below the gum line. This causes inflammation and swelling of gum tissue and eventually bone disease and loss of bone structure.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. Improper oral care can lead to bacteria to accumulating in the pockets between your teeth and gums, where the infection can begin.
Along with regular dental care, proper cleaning by you and your dentist can stop the infection before permanent damage begins.
The Importance of Brushing & Flossing
Proper brushing and flossing is important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. This will only take a few minutes each day, but will help keep your teeth and gums healthy over a lifetime.
Brushing helps to remove the plaque that forms on your teeth every day. If the plaque is not removed the bacteria in the plaque with produce acid. This causes teeth to decay and gums to become infected. Flossing removes bacteria between the teeth and also strengthens the gum tissue.
During a regular dental checkup our hygienists will demonstrate the best brushing and flossing techniques, to help you maintain good oral health.
Preventing Decay with Pits & Fissure Sealants
During your dental visit, Dr. McMurdo may identify certain teeth that are prone to decay. A common preventative measure is the use of sealants. Food and plaque become trapped on the surface of your teeth every day, and the bacteria cause decay if the plaque is not removed. Sealants are placed in the pits and fissures of the teeth, and cured to create a barrier to food and plaque. Once sealants are in place, they are an effective barrier against decay in the deep pits and fissures of your teeth.