Teeth Cleaning & Exams in Hamilton
Schedule Regular Appointments For Healthy Teeth
Not only are regular appointments a way to keep your teeth clean from tartar buildup and harmful bacteria, but it’s also a way for us to stay on top of any early signs of gum disease so we can potentially try to reverse them.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, so if we can determine potential problem areas ahead of time, we can try reversing the effects before they worsen. During your exam, we’ll also test for oral cancer once you’ve turned 18. We’ll look for sores, feel your head and neck for any abnormalities or other deficiencies.
What Regular Cleaning Entails
You know that scraping sound and feel that sends shivers down your spine? This is actually a necessary cleaning process that helps to remove tartar buildup you can’t otherwise remove on your own. It also keeps the gums healthy.
During polishing, we’ll apply a flavoured abrasive paste that effectively removes stains while whitening your teeth at the same time! It’s only recommended to apply this every six months. We’ll end with flossing to remove any leftover debris in those hard-to-reach areas.
What Are Cavities?
Cavities are referred to as tooth decay, which can be caused by a few different factors like smoking, sugar, acid, dry mouth, and inadequate brushing and flossing.
If bacteria buildup isn’t removed (tartar), it can eventually cause tooth decay or gum disease, but early signs of gum disease can be reversed if caught in time. Symptoms can include swollen gums, bleeding when you floss and tenderness.
Did you know? Tartar can have approximately 700 species of bacteria in it. ‘
How To Reverse Early Signs Of Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease from worsening is by brushing thoroughly twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste. Fluoride fights against cavities by strengthening enamel, which is an important (and safe) ingredient for children as well.
Make sure to also add a flossing and rinsing schedule during one of your daily brushing, whether it’s in the morning or at night. Flossing once a day can help remove debris right away, especially if you’ve been snacking on sugary foods. Quitting smoking will also have a very positive effect on your teeth as tobacco can inflame gums, soften bone tissue, and increase your chances of infection and tooth loss.