Oral hygiene and cleaning is sometimes referred to as “preventative dentistry”, because it’s the perfect example of how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular check-ups help us spot any developing trouble spots, and address the issues before they become big problems. Cleaning and scaling removes the bacteria and tartar that will otherwise build up and lead to decay and other issues.
An oral hygiene appointment has a few different steps: cleaning and scaling, polishing, and fluoride. Cleaning and scaling removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth with professional tools of the trade that get far more effective results than home brushing. Cleaning and scaling are the first steps in prevention of decay and gum disease. Polishing the teeth then gives it a smoother texture, which discourages plaque from taking hold, and makes the teeth shiny too! Fluoride treatment then gives the teeth an essential tool in fighting further decay.
The dental exam reveals any issues in your teeth and gums, and we don’t just mean cavities. A dental exam also screens for periodontal, orthodontic, or other issues, as well as signs of oral cancer.
Good oral health isn’t just about having a great smile (although that’s a definite plus!). We now understand that good oral health affects the rest of our bodies too, so it’s more important than ever to visit the dentist and hygienist regularly. Give us a call at Chan Chang Boruah in NE Calgary, so we can help you keep that healthy smile for a lifetime!