Check up and Cleaning 2018-08-13T15:57:44+00:00

GENERAL DENTISTRY

CHECK UP AND CLEANING

Routine dental cleanings and checkups are important in maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque ( called calculus and tartar) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. The overall health of the gums (based on clinical gum measurements called pocket depths) and the amount of calculus present will dictate how often it is recommended that you come to our office for a cleaning. We customize your cleanings for you for your optimal oral health. Our dentist(s) and hygienist(s) will recommend what interval is right for you, whether it is to come in every 3, 4, 6 or 9 months.

Treatment begins with the removal of tartar (gingival calculus) and biofilm deposits (plaque). A common first step is called scaling and root planning, which seeks to remove tartar by scraping it away from the tooth surfaces above and below the gum line. The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and stains from the teeth. The  problem with dental calculus (tartar) is that it harbours harmful bacteria. You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes to 1 hour. A trained hygienist will do the cleaning and a dentist will come in for an exam at the end of your appointment. People find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort!

Gingivitis is the most common form of periodontal disease (non-destructive). It is when there’s an inflammation of the gum tissue. When plaque builds up on the surface, it’s called plaque-induced gingivitis. If left untreated, it can escalate to the destructive form, Periodontitis, which affects the tissues that support and surround the teeth. With poor oral care, bacteria can infiltrate the gum line and affect the underlying bone and also to your blood. If left untouched, it can lead to damage of the teeth’s supporting tissues, loosened teeth, and eventually lost teeth.

SIGNS OF GINGIVITIS INCLUDE:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath

SIGNS OF PERIODONTITIS INCLUDE:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or a constant metallic taste in your mouth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • An alteration in the way your teeth fit together

FIVE STEPS THAT WILL HELP YOU ENJOY HEALTHIER TEETH AND GUMS:

  • Make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, and at least twice daily
  • Floss daily between all your teeth to remove plaque
  • Rinse with antiseptic mouthwash. Ask your dentist what is recommended.
  • Make healthy food choices. Not only is it good for your oral health, it’s good for your whole body
  • Regularly schedule and attend your dental appointments with your dental team

Now for some good news! If you can follow these five simple steps, periodontal disease is easily preventable and manageable and it only takes just a few minutes a day! But if you have more questions about your appointment, simply ask us, we love to answer questions. We like to make sure you understand your oral health and you know you’re in good hands. Our team is ready to take care of you and to help you achieve better oral health.

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