Enjoy a clean, healthy smile with regular hygiene visits.
Great oral health relies on regular hygiene visits. When bad bacteria is not regularly removed, it can lead to gum disease, cavities, infection, and even tooth loss. We are committed to ensuring your teeth are the healthiest they can be and our hygienists work hard to accomplish that.
Gentle yet thorough, we work diligently to ensure your comfort during your appointment.
Did you know our mouths house over 300 types of bacteria? While not all bad, regular check ups and cleaning are a necessary step in keeping the bad bacteria from overproducing.
What to expect during your hygiene visit
Tartar, also known as Calculus, forms when plaque (a sticky, clear film) on the teeth is not removed. Once plaque hardens this can not be removed with regular brushing at home, but requires professional cleaning using dental instruments.
Maintaining Your Gum Health
Your gums can become irritated, inflamed and bleed when there is a buildup of bacteria at the gum line. This buildup can lead to infection if not addressed. Gingivitis and periodontal disease are the leading causes of tooth loss. During your visit, thorough cleaning under the gum line is performed eliminating this bacteria.
Regular check ups are one of the most important steps in prevention. Many visits to the dentist happen when patients are already experiencing pain or discomfort. We will check your teeth carefully to detect any dental issues early, so that we can stop decay in its tracks.
Removing Surface Stains
Daily, we eat and drink things that stain our teeth. Deep cleaning, polishing and stain removal will be completed to ensure your smile shines brightly.
No one wants bad breath. While regular brushing, flossing and rinsing at home does wonders for your oral health, we will get to all the nooks and crannies of your mouth that your regular brushing can’t reach. We have targeted remedies to help combat chronic bad breath and are here to discuss those options if needed.
Depending on your dental health, we may recommend a fluoride treatment during your visit. These are usually scheduled every 6 to 12 months. Fluoride is applied to your teeth topically and left for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. We pride ourselves in stocking some great fluoride flavours including mint, strawberry, cinnamon and grape! Fluoride helps to rebuild tooth enamel and prevent early signs of tooth decay.
Hygiene appointments focus on you and your oral health routine. We are here to offer our professional advice on how to improve certain oral habits. Perhaps you are brushing and flossing twice a day but still getting cavities and don’t understand why. We will answer questions you have and offer our experienced guidance to help you achieve a healthy smile.
How often should I schedule a hygiene appointment?
Regular hygiene appointments are usually one hour in duration and we recommend to schedule them every 6 months. Duration and frequency can vary depending on your individual dental needs.
Maintaining your oral health: Tips and tricks from our hygienists
- Brushing your teeth should be done for no less than two minutes, twice a day.
- We recommend a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid abrasion to the gums.
- Store your toothbrush in an upright position with the ability to ‘air dry’ to prevent mold and bacteria collecting on the bristles.
Use a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste. No more is needed to clean your teeth and in fact, more can lead to Fluorosis (white spots that can develop on the enamel of your teeth due to an over ingestion of fluoride). From birth to age 3, the use of fluoride toothpaste will depend on whether your child is at risk of developing tooth decay. If this heightened risk does not affect your child, then brushing with water is advised.
- Use a piece of floss about 18” long
- Hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger. Gently insert the floss between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion ensuring to reach beneath the gum line.
- Do not force the floss or try to snap it into place
- After flossing, rinse with water to remove any particles or bacteria
- If you experience bleeding, this can be normal until you get into the habit of flossing regularly.
Do you have further questions about your dental care? We are always here to help. Feel free to call us at 403-981-3685
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