Let your teeth know that you love them. They work hard to keep you healthy, to keep you looking great, and to show off your stunning smile. To help you maintain your teeth in top order we will work with you to keep them in great condition.
We will teach you how to look after your mouth by brushing, using dental floss or interdental brushes, tongue scrapers, and other adjuncts to good oral hygiene. We also make sports guards and night guards for contact sports or for those who grind their teeth.
We will recall you on a regular basis depending on the state of your mouth in order to ensure that your oral health is the best it can be. These checks include the examination of all the muscles and glands in and around your mouth, the state of your gums and teeth, and routine cancer screening. X-rays are also taken from time to time.
Scaling and Polishing:
We recommend regular dental cleaning and polishing of your teeth to prevent gum disease and to control the build up of tartar and plaque around your teeth and under your gums. Depending on the state of your mouth this could be every 2 or 3 months or more commonly every 6 months or even once a year.
We recommend that people involved in contact sports wear sports guards every time they participate in their sport. Sports guards should be made of high impact material that is appropriate to the type of sport being played, and should be made specifically for the wearer by a dentist working with a specialist technician.
Many people clench or grind their teeth in their sleep resulting in pains in the muscles and joints around the jaw, headaches, painful or sensitive teeth, loose crowns or bridges, and cracked or broken fillings or teeth. We can make a small plate that fits over the upper or lower teeth to prevent the teeth from touching while you are asleep. This is an effective method of protecting teeth from the ravages of grinding and excessive tooth wear.
Gum disease (periodontitis and gingivitis):
Some patients have gums that are red, swollen or bleeding which may result in bad breath and loose teeth. Gingivitis (swollen gums) is treated by teaching patients to clean their teeth properly and regularly and then repeated cleaning by the dental hygienist to ensure all infection is removed. Periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gingivitis is treated in the same way but may need to be referred to a specialist. We may also try using Periochip which is a medication placed under the gum that promotes some healing.