Hygiene and Prevention

The best way to minimize the severity of dental issues and the treatment required is to catch problems early with regular dental check-ups. Yaletown Dentistry is committed to excellence in dental care and has invested in the latest and best technology. We are continually updating our techniques and procedures to ensure our clients receive the best oral health care.

Is Fluoride necessary for adults?

Most adults will benefit from fluoride treatments. When your teeth are polished a minute amount of fluoride rich enamel is removed, and the application of fluoride following the polishing helps to re-establish that fluoride seal. Fluoride also acts to help re-mineralize any de-calcified areas and areas of sensitivity, like exposed roots and also has a bacteriostatic property, which means it keeps bacteria from multiplying.

If it has been a long time since you’ve had any cavities, and you have few or no dental fillings, no root exposure or sensitivity it may be OK for you to forgo the fluoride on occasion.

What if I have gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?

Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are colour-matched to the rest of your teeth.

Hygiene

Gum disease (Gingivitis) is the early onset inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis can be caused by a variety of factors. Inadequate home care, including brushing and flossing, is the main cause. However, tobacco use, diet, genetics, and some health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, are major contributing factors. Gum disease starts with inflammation of the gums only, but in more advanced stages, if left untreated, can lead to more severe outcomes of bone loss around the teeth (periodontitis). This can lead to premature tooth loss.

 

Dental Hygiene at Yaletown Dentistry

Regular dental cleanings help to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This service is provided by one of our gentle, experienced registered dental hygienists. Dental cleanings should be done on a regular basis, with the intervals determined based on the individual needs of each patient. Dental cleanings help to remove plaque and hard tartar deposits on the teeth (calculus), which can ultimately lead to advanced gum disease (periodontitis) if not removed.

Plaque is an accumulation of soft bacterial biofilm that forms on and between teeth. It is a combination of food and bacteria. Plaque can be removed through regular brushing and flossing. Without a proper at-home dental routine, the bacterial biofilm can cause gum inflammation.

Calculus is the collection of plaque, that over time, calcifies and hardens on the teeth and under the gums. Once plaque hardens on the teeth and under the gums, it cannot be removed by home self-care. Removal of calculus is done carefully with specialized instruments by our trained dental hygienists. If not removed in a timely manner, the build-up of calculus stimulates an inflammatory response by the body, which can result in severe gum disease (periodontitis) and irreversible gum and bone loss around the teeth.

Professional Dental Cleanings

Because all individuals vary in the rate at which they form calculus, our skilled dental hygienists will assess and advise each individual as to the best interval of care. The average adult can benefit from this service every 3 to 6 months.

After the removal of plaque and calculus, a dental polishing service is provided. This helps to remove any superficial tooth surface staining and leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Dental fluoride is applied to the teeth after dental cleanings to help prevent tooth decay. The freshly cleaned surfaces of your teeth are able to absorb and benefit from topical fluoride. Topical fluoride is a proven method to help to harden and strengthen teeth preventatively, and is also an anti-bacterial medication. Reducing bacteria helps to further reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. Fluoride treatments are available in a mouth-rinse or a varnish can be based on your preference.

Home Care

One of the most important ways to care for your smile is by maintaining your teeth at home on a daily basis. Our hygienists can show you techniques for effective brushing and flossing, as well as provide you with specific oral hygiene aids and directives that may also help. Having healthy, functioning teeth for a lifetime allows you to smile and enjoy the foods you love.

Some foods increase the chances of tooth decay or can cause erosion of your tooth enamel. Our certified dental hygienists can advise you on your specific dietary factors that may be contributing to your incidence of decay or erosion. They can also give you preventative tips and good snacking options that are both healthy and pose less of a risk of causing tooth damage.

Brushing is important in the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay. It removes the soft layer of food, plaque, and bacteria on your teeth. Using a soft toothbrush and brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day helps to minimize any dental issues. Flossing, on the other hand, removes plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth. Our hygienists would love to show you the proper technique for effective flossing.

With regular dental cleanings and diligent home care, we will be here to advise you and ensure you maintain healthy gums and teeth.

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