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Dental Hygiene and Exams

Dental Hygiene and Exams

More than likely, your last visit to our practice was for a routine checkup. Why are routine dental examinations so important? Because preventive care enables us to identify and treat tooth decay, gum disease and soft tissue disease in its earliest stages, which is better for you, in terms of treatment options and saving you money!

If it’s been awhile since your last check up, please give us a call to schedule your routine cleaning and exam and to stay on top of any tooth decay.

Routine Dental Maintenance Prevents Costly Future Treatments!

Here’s an example that compares routine car maintenance to routine dental care and why it’s so important!

Your automobile manufacturer recommends that you have your engine oil changed every 10,000 kilometres. Let’s say you wait until it’s now 20,000 kilometres between oil changes. What might the consequences be?

Well… you’ll put additional wear and tear on your car for sure. Your oil will get dirtier and dirtier causing a build up of sludge in your engine. If you do that too often, the engine parts could wear prematurely and replacing them or getting a new transmission is very costly, compared to the price of an oil change.

Well… the same can be said for your teeth – if you let routine dental care slide, say for a year or more, you could wind up needing more costly and more serious “repairs” than would have been necessary had you stayed on schedule! So call us to make an appointment, especially if it’s been awhile since we’ve seen you!

How Often Should I Come in for Routine Care?

This is one of those questions that really depends upon your health history and the doctors recommendations. While some people come in for a cleaning and examination like clockwork, say every six months or so, others may wait up to a year between visits.

There are some reasons that warrant a more aggressive routine dental appointment schedule. More frequent visits are usually advised when patients have an increased risk for oral disease based on age, pregnancy, heavy alcohol and/or tobacco usage, the presence of gum disease, or pre-existing health conditions (e.g., diabetes, frequent dry mouth or a compromised immune system).

An open and frank discussion with our dentist can help you determine how often you should schedule routine cleanings and examinations.