Professional Teeth Cleaning
Professional Teeth Cleaning is delivered by a dental hygienist who will help to remove any plaque from your teeth that may have built up in certain areas over time. Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes, this process is also known as scaling and polishing. An important aspect of the hygienist's role is to show you how to look after your teeth so they remain free from plaque. You will be advised on the best brushing technique and given tips on flossing and using interdental brushes.
Dental hygiene at the dental practice also forms part of treating gum disease and bad breath. If you have a dental bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with.
It is recommended that you come in for regular hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy. Our hygienist is trained in the care of implants as well as advanced periodontal conditions and of course general hygiene.
Oral Cancer Screening
Studies show that oral cancer is on the increase and that early detection dramatically improves the chances of recovery. Oral cancer screening is a short procedure at the dental practice that involves a thorough examination of your whole mouth, including the use of a handheld scanning device that is used to examine any lumps or lesions that you might have. This will highlight any risk factors so we can treat or refer you as quickly as possible.
It is recommended that you come in for a screening on a yearly basis. If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at.
Late detection of mouth cancers have resulted in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma.
Smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking.
Mouth guards should be used by anyone -- children and adults -- who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in noncontact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.
Adults and children who grind their teeth at night should have a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint made to prevent tooth damage.
Custom-fitted mouth Guards/protectors are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. First, we will take an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.
Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your upper jaw), your dentist can make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable, easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.
If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance -- called a nocturnal bite plate or night Guard -- may be created to prevent any tooth damage.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
The staff at Galt Dental Care believe that oral hygiene is our patient’s first step to a healthy, beautiful smile. We recommend effective at-home oral care to include:
- Brushing 2-3 times per day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing at least once per day
- Maintaining a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, etc)
- Limiting consumption of sugary foods and beverages (soda, etc)
- Limiting use of alcohol, chewing tobacco, and smoking cigarettes
Our Hygienist is well trained and can provide additional instructions according to individual needs and depending on their periodontal status as everyone is unique. Do not forget to schedule six-month check-ups for both you and your family members.
Our professional cleanings by our highly qualified hygienist can be viewed as a preventive measure to destroy harmful bacteria and plaque that create serious dental and health issues.