Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing and flossing regularly are the best ways to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. The Canadian Dental Association recommends that we see a dentist at least twice a year for a hygiene appointment and a dental checkup. This, in combination with a well thought out and committed home routine, along with the benefits of being treated by a professional team who practice dentistry from a biological approach, is the key to obtaining maximum oral and overall health. Those in the Calgary, Alberta area who are looking for these types of benefits can contact Dr. Robertson and his team of dental health professionals at Living Wellness Dental Dorchester.
Why are dental hygiene exams and checkups critical to a healthy smile?
The answer to this question lies in the health of your teeth and gums. Although brushing and flossing are a fantastic way to maintain your oral health, on their own, they are not enough to avoid oral health challenges. Regardless of our efforts, tiny pieces of food and bacteria remain in those hard-to-reach places on and between our teeth and under our gums. If left unmanaged plaque and tartar begin to build-up, which, if not removed can develop into pockets of decay known as cavities, and worse yet, periodontal disease. Perhaps more alarmingly, the symptoms of these oral health issues have been linked to other more systemic health problems such as heart disease and diabetes, to name a few. Visiting your dentist frequently for hygiene exams and checkups demonstrates the right level of proactivity and diligence. These steps are required to mitigate oral and systemic health problems before they become significant issues, saving you money in the long run by avoiding costly dental and medical bills. Most importantly, these visits are the key to avoiding embarrassment, needless pain, and obtaining or maintaining your radiant, naturally beautiful smile.
What should I do if a cavity occurs?
If a cavity is detected or spotted early on, the most common treatment approach is a dental filling. A small filling or “bonding” is easily performed in one dental visit using biologically friendly materials. It is a relatively painless process and usually the most affordable option to repair the tooth (teeth) and halt any further decay. If a cavity is not detected until late stages by you or your dental professional, the decay removal may require more robust treatment resulting in the need for a dentist to cut back the tooth and place a crown.
How do I keep my smile healthy?
Regular checkups and exams are vital to achieving and maintaining a smile free from decay and disease. Minimizing sugary and acidic foods and beverages is also a fantastic way to protect your teeth. Our team of oral health professionals are trained to pass on helpful tools, recommended behaviours, and remedies that can also aid in optimizing your oral and overall wellness as well as that of your loved ones. If you live in the Calgary, Alberta area and neighboring communities, contact Dr. Kindal Robertson and his team of biological dentistry professionals about your oral health. Reaching the team at Living Wellness Dental Dorchester by calling (587) 327-1500 is the first step towards achieving your personal wellness objectives.
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