At Coast Dental Centre, we believe in having an open dialogue between patient, dentist, and the dental team to prevent the development of gum disease and other dental ailments which can compromise a patient’s chances of preserving their natural teeth. While a big part of preventing dental disease includes a good oral hygiene routine and a balanced diet, there are many ways that the Coast Dental Centre team can help you restore and maintain your oral health.
A good diet plays a big role in oral health. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and minimizing sweet and acidic foods, especially in between meals, are essential, yet often overlooked aspects of maintaining oral health. Sugary drinks, especially when sipped gradually throughout the day without being cleansed from the teeth, can wear down the enamel and contribute to decay. Likewise, brushing and flossing at least once per day remain the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy in between dental visits.
Regular dental exams, cleanings, and xrays are great ways to prevents dental problems from occurring or worsening. It is recommended that patients come in for visits at least twice a year. This biyearly visits allows your dentist to examine you for any possible changes. Things that the dentist will be on the lookout for include decay, tumors, cysts, bone loss and shifting teeth. The dentist will do a thorough examination of your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat tissues and gums for signs of oral cancer. This is especially important, as recovery rates for oral cancer are much higher if the cancer is caught in its earliest stages. The dentist will also evaluate your gums for any signs of gum disease and check for cavities. If it is your first visit, a full set of X-rays will be done as well.
Fluoride treatments are also a great preventative measure. Fluoride is a mineral which naturally occurs in food and water. When applied to the teeth in appropriate amounts, it can strengthen teeth and make them more resistant to decay.
Your dentist may also suggest sealants as a way of protecting the teeth. A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. Sealants are great for children to protect their molars. They are also a good option for adults that have grooves in their teeth.
The team at Coast Dental Centre can work with you and your family to establish a preventive treatment plan to help protect and preserve your natural teeth. We find that many people put off scheduling a dental appointment until problems arise. We encourage you to make a habit of coming in every six months (you can mark the dates on your calendar). Preventative dentistry helps you avoid serious and costly dental problems, and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.