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Preventative Dentistry: The Key to a Lifelong Healthy Smile
Preventive dentistry is the foundation of our approach at Westgate Dental Centre. By emphasizing prevention, we can help our patients avoid dental problems before developing into more serious ones. Our preventive dentistry services are designed to promote optimal oral health through regular check-ups, professional teeth cleanings, education on proper oral hygiene, and personalized advice on healthy lifestyle choices.
In addition to routine dental check-ups, we also offer dental sealants and fluoride treatments to provide extra protection against decay and cavities. We believe that a comprehensive preventive approach is essential to maintaining a healthy smile and preventing more complex and costly dental procedures.
At Westgate Dental Centre, our team of experienced dental professionals is dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain good oral health through preventive dentistry.
Importance of Preventative Dentistry
This is an essential for achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Our comprehensive preventive services include regular checkups, cleanings, and X-rays to catch any dental issues in the early stages before they become more serious and require more extensive and costly treatments.
In addition to promoting oral health, preventive dentistry has been shown to positively affect overall health by reducing the risk of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Our team will work with you to create a personalized preventive care plan tailored to your needs and goals. We also provide education on proper oral hygiene habits and healthy lifestyle choices to help you maintain good oral health at home. Don’t wait until you have a problem – schedule your preventive dental exam today at Westgate Dental Centre and take the first step towards a healthier smile and a healthier you.
Preventive Dental Care Services
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
- Regular oral hygiene including daily brushing and flossing
- Regular scaling/root planning by your dental hygienist
- 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 gums can progress to periodontitis (irreversible gum disease).
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)
- 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)
- 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
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.
Plastic coatings that are painted on to the grooves of the back teeth. The dental fissure sealants forms 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.
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.
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.
At Westgate Dental Centre, our dentists offer a wide range of preventive dentistry services to help patients maintain their oral health.
Some of our services include:
- Professional teeth cleanings
- Dental exams
- Fluoride treatments
- Oral cancer screenings
If you are looking for preventive dentistry services in Maple Ridge and surrounding areas, call Westgate Dental Centre at +1-604-460-0206 to schedule an appointment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dental health is important because it can significantly impact your overall health and well-being. Poor oral health has been linked to various health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maintaining good dental health can help prevent these and other health issues.
Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) to protect them from decay. They can be particularly helpful for children and teens with difficulty brushing and flossing in these hard-to-reach areas.
To keep your teeth healthy, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. You should also schedule regular dental exams and cleanings and consider preventive dental services such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Preventive dentistry has several benefits for maintaining good oral health. By focusing on preventing dental and oral health problems before they develop, it can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. Regular dental exams can detect issues such as tooth decay and gum disease early, allowing for prompt treatment to prevent further damage.
Good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, can help remove plaque and prevent cavities and gum disease. Additionally, preventive dental services like fluoride treatments and dental sealants can provide extra protection against tooth decay. By prioritizing preventive dentistry, you can help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong for years to come.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. It is caused by bacteria that build up on the teeth and gums due to poor oral hygiene habits.
To maintain good oral health, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. You should also schedule regular dental exams and cleanings and consider preventive dental services such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
A dental exam is important because it allows your dentist to detect and prevent dental and oral health problems before they become more serious. During a dental exam, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay, periodontal disease, and other issues, and may recommend treatments or preventive measures to help keep your teeth healthy.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to various dental and oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and tooth loss. It can also contribute to overall health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Preventive dentistry should begin early in life to establish a foundation for lifelong oral health. Here’s a breakdown:
– Wipe gums post-feedings.
– First dental visit upon the appearance of the first tooth.
– Use fluoride toothpaste (pea-sized).
– Regular dental check-ups.
– Supervise brushing.
– Consider sealants and fluoride treatments.
– Encourage flossing.
– Dental check-ups.
– Mouthguards for sports.
– Maintain good hygiene habits.
– Monitor for wisdom teeth.
– Orthodontic evaluations if needed.
Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every 3-4 months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
Floss daily to remove food particles and plaque between teeth and below the gumline.
Use an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash to help reduce plaque and bacteria.
Consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy.
Limit sugary snacks and drinks to reduce the risk of cavities.
Limit Acidic Foods and Drinks:
Acidic items can erode tooth enamel. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming them.
Wear Protective Gear:
Use a mouthguard if you participate in contact sports or grind your teeth at night.
Smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to gum disease and oral cancer.
Regular Dental Check-ups:
Even with diligent at-home care, visiting a dentist regularly helps in catching potential issues early on.
While dental sealants are commonly associated with children, they can also benefit adults, especially those with deep grooves or pits in their molars. Sealants create a protective barrier that helps prevent food particles and bacteria from causing decay in hard-to-reach areas of the teeth.
For sports, it’s advisable to opt for a custom-fitted mouthguard, as it offers superior comfort and protection compared to over-the-counter options.
For teeth grinding (bruxism), a custom-fitted night guard prescribed by a dentist is recommended, as it provides a precise fit and maximum effectiveness in preventing dental damage and discomfort.
Yes, preventive dentistry is suitable for individuals with dental anxiety or phobia. Many dental practices, including Westgate Dental Centre, offer a welcoming and supportive environment for patients with dental fears.
Communicate your concerns with your dental provider, and they can discuss options such as sedation dentistry or relaxation techniques to help you feel more comfortable during preventive appointments.