There’s a lot of dental information online – advertising the latest and greatest from toothpastes, teeth whitening and orthodontic procedures. But what if you’re skipping the very procedures that help form the foundation for good oral health? Having a beautiful smile starts with a healthy mouth which means paying attention to the basics and committing to taking care of your oral health.
Do We Really Need Dental Cleanings?
NW Calgary Family Dentists at Ranchlands Dental are staunch advocates of creating good oral health with a foundation of regular dental cleanings and exams. Thinking of Whitening your Teeth when you haven’t had them cleaned in a couple of years isn’t going to help the health of your teeth – and won’t really get them that white due to a buildup of plaque and calculus on tooth surfaces. Just like painting over rust isn’t a great idea – neither is focusing on dental treatments without ensuring the basics are being taken care of. Dental Cleanings may be one of the best things you can do for your body – as removing deposits of calculus and plaque not only keep oral tissues free from inflammation, but also help control inflammation throughout the body.
Dental Exams – Don’t Skip Them
We’ve all done it – told the hygienist that we don’t need to see the dentist as everything feels fine. And maybe sometimes you don’t need an exam – but what if you’re damaging your oral health by skipping exams too frequently? Dental Decay and Oral Infections don’t usually happen overnight – so the absence of pain and discomfort doesn’t necessarily mean nothing’s brewing beneath the surface. In its early stage a cavity is sticky and is often caught by the dentist’s explorer during an exam. A soft spot indicates that the enamel has been eroded and that underlying tissue may also be at risk. Stopping decay from spreading at this stage is easy – and tooth sensitivity and pain are probably not an issue at this point – however, if left undiagnosed and treated dental decay will spread and the tooth will begin to ache.