At Altima, we believe that good oral health habits should be maintained throughout your lifetime.
Preventative dentistry means you no longer have to suffer from tooth decay and tooth loss with age. With proper and regular dental care your teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Research shows that regular dental flossing and brushing is instrumental in preventing tooth decay and gum disease, or gingivitis.
Dental health care should be as important as your medical checkups. Your dental health is an essential component of your overall physical wellness because your oral health directly affects your overall health. That is, what happens in your mouth can affect other parts of your body. As well, missing teeth can result in changes in facial contour and create problems in the digestive tract.
An effective preventative care program includes practicing regular and effective oral hygiene habits and attending regular preventative care appointments at your dental centre. Maintaining dental care habits and regular dental appointments are both essential to achieving and maintaining good oral health, and to your overall wellbeing.
What is a preventative care dental appointment?
Regular preventative care dental appointments can help your dentist detect early gingivitis (gum disease) and tooth decay in its early stages, making treatment easier with less discomfort. Early detection of oral health problems can also help you avoid the necessity of having more complex and costly dental procedures performed.
During a preventative care dental appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and supporting structures to ensure oral health problems are not present and that you are practicing regular and effective flossing and brushing. Next, your dental care provider or dental hygienist will perform a scaling (cleaning) of your teeth to remove tartar and plaque build up on your teeth.
The scaling process involves cleaning the crown of the tooth and below the gum line where dental plaque is often trapped. Following the scaling process, your dental care provider will polish your teeth. Children under the age of eighteen have fluoride applied to their teeth at the end of the preventative care dental appointment. Regular dental care checkups every six months will ensure your teeth are healthier and happier for years to come. Book an appointment with an Altima Dental Centre near you today.