Preventive Dental Care
Our office provides preventive care for the entire family. We strongly
emphasize patient education during your hygiene visits. Intraoral
cameras allow us to project an image of an individual tooth or area
of concern onto a chair-side monitor for use as a visual aid. We
also place a great deal of emphasis on home care, as we believe
that it is the key to good oral health.
During your examination we use the latest technology to help diagnose
any problems that might exist. We use digital X-rays, which drastically
reduce the amount of radiation exposure to our patients.
Early detection of gum disease and tooth decay is one of the best
ways to ensure optimal oral health.
Preventive or protective dental care is an important part of achieving and maintaining healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.
There are a number of ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy, no matter how old you are. Good habits start early. Parents can help their children by:
- Brushing and flossing daily to remove plaque until the children can clean their teeth well on their own.
- Limiting the number of snacks containing sugar or carbohydrates.
- Taking your child for a dental check-up every six months.
- Providing mouth guards for sports.
- Modeling good dental health habits for your child by taking care of your own teeth and gums.
Tooth brushing removes plaque and food particles from teeth and gums.
The best kind of toothbrush for general use is one with soft bristles. A child will need a smaller brush than an adult. Replace a toothbrush when the bristles become bent or frayed, (usually every three or four months) or after an illness.
Our hygienists will review proper techniques during your appointment.
Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line, areas where your toothbrush can't reach. Gum disease and cavities often start in these areas, so it is important to clean them thoroughly once a day. Flossing becomes easier with practice. You will find that flossing takes only a few minutes.
- Break off a piece of dental floss about 45 centimeters (18 inches) long.
- Wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the rest around the same finger of the other hand.
- Hold the floss tightly between the fingers and slowly work it between the teeth and under the gum line using a gentle back and forth motion.
- When the floss is at the gum line, curve it, making a "C" around the tooth, and slide it into the space between the tooth and the gum until you feel resistance. Then gently slide the floss up and down against the side of the tooth to remove the plaque.
- Repeat this process on each tooth, using a clean section of the floss each time.
- Remember to floss the backs of the very last teeth.
Don't wait for an ache! Visit the dentist at least every six months for a thorough dental examination, preventive services and treatment.
The teeth and gums, like the rest of the body, need a well-balanced diet to stay healthy. Following Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating is an easy way to make sure you get the nutrition you need for good general and oral health.
The bacteria in plaque feed on carbohydrates and sugars and become active whether you eat a meal or a cracker. Every time you put food in your mouth, you feed the bacteria, putting you at risk for tooth decay. It is important to choose healthy snacks.
Medicine can be a source of sugar that is often overlooked. Ask your doctor about prescribing sugar free medicine.
When buying ‘over the counter' medications, choose sugar free products.
If a child must use a medicine containing sugar, clean the teeth or rinse.
Contact Dr. Jeff Weaver if you have any questions about Preventive Dental Care.