Dental cleanings and exams in Maple Ridge
When you come for a dental cleaning here at Coast Dental Centre, your dentist will also do a thorough examination to check for signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer and any other abnormality. Regular visits for dental cleanings and exams are important for your oral health for a number of reasons:
- Removal of plaque and tartar buildup. No matter how good you are at brushing and flossing every day, plaque can buildup on the teeth in those hard to reach places and below the gumline. Plaque that hardens onto the tooth is known as tartar, or calculus. Tartar can only be removed with dental instruments. If left untreated, this plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gum disease, decay, infection and even tooth loss.
- Catching problems early. Cavities and gum disease are best treated when caught early on. If cavities are allowed to progress, deep decay will form, and can ultimately lead to infection of the root and pulp of the tooth. If this happens, a root canal will be necessary, which is more invasive and costly than a regular cavity filling. Likewise, the symptoms of gum disease are often silent, but a dentist will be able to spot signs of infection early on.
- Oral cancer screening. Thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and survival rates are greatly improved with early detection. At Coast Dental Centre in Maple Ridge, our dentists perform thorough oral cancer screenings at every exam.
In addition to keeping your mouth healthy and free of decay and infection, dental visits serve as a valuable opportunity to check in with your dental team regarding your oral health, and address any concerns you may have. Nothing beats that fresh polished feeling you get after a dental cleaning, so if you’re overdue for a cleaning and exam, don’t wait any longer! Call us at (604) 463 – 2227 or drop by our Maple Ridge office today to book your appointment.