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If you are looking for preventative dentistry work to be done in Maple Ridge, BC contact Westgate Dental Centre to arrange an appointment.

Routine Cleanings

We at Westgate Dental Centre believe that early intervention and care is key in preventing future dental problems.

Dental disease is almost entirely preventable and oral health is just as important as the health of the rest of your body. The untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems and is linked to certain systemic conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory disease
  • Cancer
  • Infection in other parts of the body

Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to practice or adopt good preventive oral health if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings during your pregnancy.

We strive to offer high-quality dental hygiene services available to our patients in the Maple Ridge area. Regular dental hygiene visits are the best way to maintain optimal oral health and to prevent dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Our registered dental hygienists are highly trained and experienced and will help you to maintain your smile.

Our preventative services include:

  • Scaling & root planning (dental cleanings)
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Diet counseling
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Dental sealants for children
  • Regular dental exams
  • Night guards
  • Trauma prevention (ie. Mouthguards)
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Treatment of Gingivitis

Gingivitis Signs & Symptoms:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red or purple gums
  • Shiny appearance of the gums
  • Gums that are tender or painful to the touch
  • Bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing and/or flossing
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Sensitive teeth with no apparent cause

Gingivitis Prevention:

  • Regular oral hygiene including daily brushing and flossing
  • Diet change
  • Regular scaling/root planning by your dental hygienist

Gingivitis Treatment:

  • Plaque removal and reduction of oral bacteria is the focus
  • Adequate oral hygiene at home
  • Periodic dental cleanings (scaling/root planing)
  • Mouth rinses

Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene. However, in the absence of treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis (irreversible gum disease).

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Treatment of Periodontitis (Gum Disease)

Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease that irreversibly destroys the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth.

Periodontitis Signs & Symptoms:

In the early stages, periodontitis has very few symptoms, and in many individuals, the disease has progressed significantly before they seek treatment. Patients should realize gingival inflammation and bone destruction are largely painless.

Periodontitis Symptoms may include:

  • Redness or bleeding of gums while brushing teeth, using dental floss or biting into hard food
  • Recurrent Gum swelling
  • Halitosis, or bad breath, and a persistent metallic/metal taste in the mouth
  • Gingival recession, resulting in apparent lengthening of teeth.
  • Deep pockets between the teeth and the gums (pockets are sites where the tooth’s attachment has been gradually destroyed)
  • Loose teeth (occurs in the later stages of the disease)

Periodontitis Causes/Modifying Factors:

  • Poor/ineffective oral hygiene (primary cause)
  • Gingivitis
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Genetics

Periodontitis Prevention:

  • Meticulous daily oral hygiene including brushing and flossing
  • Antiseptic mouthwashes
  • Regular dental exams (including taking probing depths around each tooth)
  • Control of modifying conditions (ie. Diabetes, smoking)

Periodontitis Management/Treatment:

  • Excellent Oral hygiene (minimum twice daily brushing and daily flossing)
  • Initial scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) by your hygienist
  • Dental treatment to adjust your bite, fix old/failing fillings etc.
  • Antiseptic mouth rinses
  • Possible surgical treatment (if bone loss cannot be stopped by other methods)
  • Maintenance cleanings (scaling/root planning) every 3 months after initial successful therapy has been completed
preventative dentistry periodontitis vs healthy gum

If you suspect that you have gingivitis or periodontitis, you should request to see your dentist right away. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis (“gum disease”), which is one of the main reasons why adults lose their teeth. But the good news is gum disease can almost always be prevented. If it starts, it can be treated and can even be reversed in its early stages.

Fissure Sealants

Plastic coatings that are painted on to the grooves of the back teeth. The sealant forms a protective layer that keeps food and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay. Usually placed in children as a preventative measure while they gain dexterity and develop better brushing habits.

Night Guard/Splint

An acrylic mouthguard that protects the teeth/joints from the strong vertical forces produced by grinding (bruxism). A night guard forces the relaxation of the muscles and prevents damage to the oral cavity.

Sports Guards/Mouthguards

Plastic coverings are worn over teeth that are used to protect teeth from injury during sports or other activities. Our team at Westgate Dental Centre will take a simple impression and have a custom mouthguard ready for you the next day, on your Maple Ridge dental office visit. Mouthguards are custom-fitted, comfortable and available in a wide array of colours.

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