Checkups And Cleanings – Brampton, Ontario
Effective Prevention For Patients of All Ages
Everyone can agree that it’s best to keep dental work to an absolute minimum. Fortunately, many dental problems such as cavities and gum disease are largely preventable. With just a couple of visits a year to a dentist in Brampton (and a few good habits at home), you can avoid oral health problems and keep your smile looking and feeling fantastic. If you want to be proactive about your dental health and it’s been a while since your last visit, contact us at Torbram Dental today. We’d love to help you get your smile back on track!
Why Are Checkups and Cleanings So Important?
If you wait until you’re in pain to come in for a checkup, the chances are good that you’ll need more extensive dental work like a root canal or crown to address the problem. By getting regular maintenance care for your teeth and gums, problems are found in their earliest stages when they’re easier and less expensive to treat.
In fact, one good way of thinking about it is to remember that dental insurance companies often cover preventative visits at 100% because they know it minimizes the overall dental work someone needs. If an insurance company saves money when you get preventative care, you will, too (not to mention the potential discomfort and time spent in the dental chair!)
What Is a Checkup Like?
Although an important part of what we do is check for cavities, a checkup includes much more:
- Your oral health and general health are linked, so we always start by updating and reviewing your medical history.
- Routine X-rays are taken as needed (usually once per year) to show us what we can’t see with our eyes alone and make sure we don’t miss anything.
- We also perform a fast, simple oral cancer screening at each checkup. This condition has been on the rise but the survival rates are high with early detection.
- Since gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss and also increases your risk for many diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart problems, we’ll do a gum exam once a year and make treatment recommendations as necessary.
- Lastly, we’ll thoroughly examine your teeth and existing dental work to determine whether you have any treatment needs. Then we’ll tell you what we found and answer any questions you may have.
What Is a Cleaning Like?
Your oral hygiene is critical for your teeth and gums, but even good brushing and flossing habits can’t remove all the plaque and tartar that builds up. Regular dental cleanings are necessary to help you avoid bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.
For the cleaning itself, we’ll ask you beforehand if you have any questions or concerns. Then we’ll use special tools to gently but thoroughly remove the deposits from your teeth, making sure you stay comfortable throughout. Finally, we’ll polish and floss and give you personalized tips to help you keep everything clean at home.
How Can I Maintain Everything Between Visits?
The best way to maintain your fresh, clean feeling at home is to go back to basics. Brush at least twice per day for two minutes and floss at least once. Some people find it easier to comply with these recommendations by finding tricks that make it more convenient. For example, you may try flossing right after dinner or lunch instead of waiting until bedtime. You may also benefit from tools such as an electric toothbrush, interdental brushes, or an oral irrigator.