As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! It’s much easier to keep teeth healthy when we can prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
The BC Dental Association recommends having a professional cleaning every 6 months to clean out bacteria inside the gums and prevent gum disease. For some patients, we may recommend coming in more often. This is important not just for your dental health, but also overall health as gum disease is linked to your overall health, such as heart and stroke, diabetes, and breast cancer.
An ultrasonic instrument may be used to keep your appointment quick and efficient. Some patients may experience sensitivity during the cleaning. In such cases, we can apply some topical freezing or localized anesthetic in that area to take care of that. Once we get your teeth clean, we can paint a nice coat of varnish over your teeth to protect them from damage and reduce sensitivity. We want to make sure you are as comfortable as can be!
Sealants are a great way to prevent cavities, especially in children. Since dental plaque likes getting trapped in the little nooks and crannies of your teeth, we can place a sealant by flowing resin into those grooves, blocking them off and preventing plaque from sticking in the grooves and causing cavities. Sealants are quick to do (usually less than 30 minutes) and don’t require freezing.