What is Preventive Dentistry?

Practising good preventive dentistry is an easy and modern way to help you maintain a healthy mouth. It’s a regime that will ensure your teeth and gums remain in optimal condition, meaning you are less likely to need extensive and more costly dental treatment. The two main causes of tooth loss are gum disease and tooth decay and preventing or treating these problems increases the chances of keeping your teeth for life. Everyone here at Margolin Dentistry thoroughly recommends preventive dentistry, and we can work with you providing a custom dental treatment plan to help get your mouth in great shape. Good ongoing preventive dentistry will ensure you can keep it that way.

Who Should Practice Preventive Dentistry?
Everybody! Preventive dentistry is a simple routine that can benefit anyone, even people who don’t have their own teeth. This is because regular dental checkups can often detect other conditions such as the problems created by ill-fitting dentures and the early signs of mouth cancer. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen a dentist in Whitby for a while, as it’s never too late to start looking after your oral health.

What Is Involved with Preventive Dentistry?
Any good preventative dental care plan will begin with a complete dental examination of your teeth, gums and oral tissues. After assessing your oral health, your dentist can talk to you about the need for any treatment as the initial aim is to ensure your mouth is really healthy. Your teeth and any dental restorations are carefully assessed, as is the condition of your gums. If you do require any treatments these will be discussed in detail, so you fully understand how they will help to improve your oral health. When your mouth is healthy, you are less likely to develop any substantial dental problems in the future. An essential part of this appointment is your professional dental cleaning with our hygienist.

What to Expect during Your Dental Hygiene Appointment?
During your hygiene appointment, your teeth are scaled and polished. Scaling is a process that removes all plaque and hardened plaque, a substance called calculus or tartar. It’s crucial that plaque and tartar are regularly removed as they contain bacteria that will otherwise infect and inflame your gums. Polishing your teeth smooths them, making it harder for plaque bacteria to adhere to these nice, shiny surfaces. Also, it’s quite a good treatment for freshening up your smile.

If necessary, the hygienist can discuss how to improve your brushing and flossing routine. They can show you how to brush thoroughly, identifying any areas that require more attention whenever you brush. Our dental hygienist in Ajax can also show you how to floss correctly, using traditional dental floss or other tools such as interdental brushes that some people find much easier to use. Having the right dental education is essential for your preventive dental care plan, and we can provide you with all the knowledge you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatments are another preventive dental service offered here at Margolin Dentistry. Topical applications of fluoride can help to strengthen your tooth enamel, increasing its resistance to tooth decay in a way that is very easy, quick and non-invasive.

Once your teeth are healthy and strong, all you need do is to see a dentist in Oshawa as frequently as suggested in your preventive dentistry plan, usually biannually for adults with reasonable dental health. It’s best to see the hygienist at the same time unless more frequent visits are recommended, for example, if you require more regular maintenance for periodontal disease. Of course, twice daily brushing and once-a-day flossing are crucial between visits, but it is a straightforward routine taking less than ten minutes each day.

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