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Cleanings and Preventative Dental Care

Your NW Calgary Choice for
Dental Hygiene and Preventative Dental Care!

Healthy teeth and gums are vital to a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. With cleanings and preventive dental care and regular hygiene visits, Toothville Family Dentistry can help you maintain your gums and overall dental health and achieve optimum oral health!

Cleaning and Preventative Care | Toothville Family Dentistry | NW Calgary | General Dentist

Care Visits

While home maintenance is very effective, it only focuses on areas of the tooth above the gum. A professional cleaning will be able to clean your teeth not only above the gum line (known as scaling) but also below the gum line as well (known as root planing). It is only through regular scaling and root planing procedures, which remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from hard to reach areas below the gum line, that we can keep your teeth and gums healthy from top to bottom!

Because home maintenance cannot clean teeth below the gum line, preventative care visits are essential to maintaining a healthy smile. Toothville Family Dentistry understands that every patient has different dental needs. Most healthy patients benefit from a preventative dental visit every six months. However, some people benefit from coming in more frequently, and others less so. Your dentist will determine what is best for you, based on your unique situation. Regardless of how often you visit your dentist for a preventative care visit, all visits focus on disease prevention and oral hygiene, reducing the need for more complex treatments later on.

What Happens at a Cleaning and Preventative Care Appointment?

  • Comprehensive Exam – we will complete a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and other orofacial structures, including the health of your teeth and the integrity of existing dental work.
  • Digital X-rays – Your dentist will determine if any x-rays are necessary. They use reduced radiation levels and allow us to pinpoint areas of concern before they are visible clinically, allowing for early intervention and care.
  • Scale and Polish – We will clean your teeth above and below the gum lines to eliminate built-up plaque, tartar, and stains. Regular cleanings help prevent periodontal (gum) disease that can cause major dental problems, including loss of teeth.
  • Education of good oral hygiene methods – this will help you be a part of keeping your teeth strong, healthy, and clean.
  • Oral Cancer Screening – a thorough soft tissue examination will detect changes in the soft tissue lining of the mouth, cheeks, floor of the mouth, and tongue. Early diagnosis of precancerous and abnormal tissues is essential for effective treatment, as most oral cancers do not cause symptoms until they are advanced.
  • Periodontal Assessment – we will check your gums for any sign of gum disease. It is important to detect gum detachment in its earliest stages to achieve the best results, as periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss.

Home Hygiene

Effective oral hygiene at home is important to keep teeth healthy and clean. We evaluate and review your home hygiene methods with you during each preventative care visit at our office. Some important things to remember:

  • Use a soft toothbrush, that is able to reach all parts of your mouth, twice a day. Remember to replace toothbrushes frequently; at least every 3-4 months.
  • Brush along the gum lines to keep gums clean and stimulated.
  • Floss between teeth daily. Bacteria tend to “camp out” between teeth, right where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing removes plaque and food particles lodged between your teeth and just beneath your gum line.
  • Continue your oral hygiene routine even if sensitivity, swelling, or bleeding are present. Many people discontinue brushing their gums or flossing if the gums bleed during the process. However, healthy gums should never bleed, and bleeding is usually a sign of gingivitis. With dedicated care, most gingivitis symptoms will reverse within two weeks.
  • If problems persist or you begin to notice bad breath and tooth mobility, contact our office immediately.
  • Limit your exposure to sugar and sweet snacks, especially between meals. Remember that sugar combines with bacteria to produce acid – the same acid that causes tooth decay.
  • Drink lots of water, especially after eating. Water helps to wash away any sugary residue left on teeth.

Be sure to ask our Comprehensive New Patient Exam!

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Call Toothville Family Dentistry
at (587) 755-6688 to set up a Hygiene appointment today!