Your oral health and hygiene depend on finding a dentist you can trust. Southern Alberta patients needing a dentist’s office near them can turn to Living Wellness Dental Dorchester in Calgary, AB. Our dental care centre values education and supporting clients on their journey towards achieving their oral health objectives. When it comes to cavities, we encourage a biologically-based oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits, so that problems can be identified and required treatment can be applied early.
What is a cavity?
Cavities (known as dental caries) are a concern that many have experienced. It is estimated that approximately 92% of adults have some form of tooth decay or dental caries. Cavities are among the most common diseases, coming in second only to the common cold. However, tooth decay is preventable with proper oral care. Understanding cavities is important for protecting your oral health.
One of the root causes of dental decay is a substance known as plaque, which is the gritty, colourless film that builds up on the surfaces and the intersecting points of your teeth and gums. Plaque develops when food particles are frequently left in the cracks and on the surfaces of teeth. Acid-producing bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on sugary, starchy particles. When not managed adequately, acid will eat away at tooth enamel and cause decay above and below the gumline and can negatively affect the dentin and/or pulp.
Cavities and your overall health
Plaque accumulation can lead to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) which, in severe cases, can affect the seal between the teeth and gums allowing bacteria generated acids to destroy underlying bone structure. Furthermore, many studies have proven a strong link between periodontal disease and other potentially life altering diseases/problems such as:
- Heart Disease
- Premature birth
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Such ailments are thought to be attributed to oral bacteria escaping and finding its way into the bloodstream and consequently interfering with normal functioning of our major organs. This is why at Living Wellness Dental we believe so strongly that oral health is the gateway to achieving overall health.
How can I avoid tooth decay and periodontal disease?
At Living Wellness Dental Dorchester we develop personal and trusted relationships with our clients, coaching them and working collaboratively towards the ultimate objective of whole body health. Part of our coaching involves education on some of the major causes of tooth decay which include:
- Bacteria accumulation
- Frequent snacking
- A diet high in sugary foods or drinks
- A diet high in starchy foods
- A diet absent of healthy vegetables
- Poor oral hygiene
Keeping your mouth healthy requires a joint effort between a client’s home-based oral health routine and preventative/restorative care from a dental practice.
Good oral habits include:
- Regular well spaced meals (Less Snacking or Grazing)
- A healthy diet,
- Regular brushing and flossing (a minimum of two times per day),
- Avoiding brushing for a short period of time after consuming acidic foods and beverages
- Managing oral bacteria levels
- Utilizing biocompatible, natural materials
- Frequent visits to the dental office
Your home-based oral habits maintain the health of your teeth between dental visits. Regular dental visits are scheduled at least twice per year to assess and monitor the health of teeth and gums. When necessary, x-rays are taken to observe the integrity of the sub-gingival structures. Many health-driven clients visit the dental office on a greater frequency than two visits per year to further benefit from professional treatment, enhanced detection capabilities and guidance. Some insurance driven clients, with help from their dental health coaches, have found that their providers cover more than two visits per year. Scheduling your visits tailored to your personal situation ensures that insurance companies don’t dictate your health while also ensuring that any problems that may arise are diagnosed early and can be addressed.
What if I am experiencing an oral health issue?
Sometimes, oral health problems are unavoidable. Cavities must be treated to keep bacteria from invading the rest of the mouth. Small cavities may only affect the outer layer of the enamel. These can be treated conservatively, meaning more of the natural tooth is preserved. Untreated or undetected cavities progressively grow and invade the outer surface, inner cavity or root of the tooth creating larger problems likely requiring more costly and extensive treatment. If you feel that you are experiencing pain or increased sensitivity, noticing discoloration, or that your oral health is less than optimal, it is a good idea to consult your dental health provider without delay.
If you need a dental office in Southern Alberta, contact Living Wellness Dental Dorchester in Calgary, AB. Our team provides services to restore your smile. Schedule an appointment with Drs. Kindal Robertson, David MacLean, or Cameron MacLean today. Call (587) 327-1500.
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