Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body
The dentist will examine your teeth and gums for any visible problems. She may also take x-rays to make sure there aren’t any hidden problems. The dentist may also professionally clean your teeth to remove hardened plaque (tarter) from above and below the gum line, as well as polish them to remove hardened plaque and stains from the tooth surface. You should plan on seeing the dentist twice a year for checkups. Remember prevention is very important.
Fissure sealants are a very effective way of preventing childhood tooth decay. The sealant is a plastic material that fills in the grooves on the chewing surface of the teeth where cavities often first develop.
There’s nothing like the fresh, clean feeling in your mouth after you’ve brushed and flossed your teeth, but did you know most people brush their teeth incorrectly causing them more harm than good? We can teach you the correct way to brush your teeth and how good oral hygiene not only makes our teeth look great but how it plays an important role in our overall health and well-being.
Bruxism is excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth that is not part of normal chewing movements. It can lead to excessive wear on the teeth and may cause permanent damage to the teeth and the jaw joints.
In some adults and children, clenching and grinding may occur during the day or at night. During sleep, they have no conscious control over this excessive clenching and grinding. An occlusal splint (also called a night guard) is an option for someone with mild to severe grinding behaviour. Worn at night, the splint is made from moulded hard plastic that fits over the upper or lower teeth. It prevents further wear of the tooth surfaces.
After tooth decay and gum disease, accidental injury to teeth is the most common dental problem of children and teenagers. Mouthguards should be worn during all highly active or contact sports. Ready made mouthguards are available at sporting goods stores but the most effective mouthguards are custom made by our dentist.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent cavities from forming. Both adults and children benefit from fluoride. Brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride can help in strengthening enamel and preventing cavities on a daily basis. In office fluoride treatments may also be advised.
The reason we brush and floss is to remove plaque, a colourless, sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. Plaque is one of the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease. The dentist can get deep down into the gums to ensue a very thorough clean that would not be possible with every day brushing. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is simple if you get into the habit of cleaning them properly every day and visiting your dentist regularly.
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