Preventative Dentistry

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Routine examinations & cleanings

Regular examinations and cleanings can keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime because they can help prevent periodontal disease, prevent problems or can stop small problems from getting worse. We advise our patients to schedule a routine examination at least once per year to check for cavities, oral diseases and any potential problems. Six to nine months is the usual interval for cleanings although your hygienist may suggest you book more frequent cleanings depending on certain factors such as risk for gum disease, poor oral hygiene, medical conditions and tobacco use. Periodontal disease is the number one reason for tooth loss and research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease. Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease are : Bleeding gums – gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss. Loose teeth – also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibres that support the tooth to the bone). New spacing between teeth – caused by bone loss. Persistent bad breath – caused by bacteria in the mouth. Pus around the teeth and gums – sign that there is an infection present. Receding gums – loss of gum around a tooth. Red and puffy gums – gums should never be red or swollen. Tenderness or Discomfort – plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
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