Maintaining a healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body and good life style.
Regular preventive care is the best way to keep your mouth healthy and comfortable and to avoid dental disease.
At Trillium Smile we have a strong commitment to prevention. Teeth are meant to last a lifetime and we help our patients achieve this through their home care, regular preventive visits and developing a life style which helps them reduce bacteria and control other factors that cause dental cavities and gum disease.
We offer support in discovering what part of your diet may have in contributing to decay. Foods that contain carbohydrates (sugars and starches) include soft drinks, pastries, ice cream, candy, rice, fruits and juices.It is not only about what you eat but also about how frequently you eat these foods.
Bacteria interact with the deposits left on teeth from sugars and starchy foods to produce acids. The acids change tooth enamel over time by dissolving or demineralizing the mineral structure of teeth leading to decay and weakened teeth. You might think it is the best to brush right after you eat but surprisingly the last thing we wqant you to do is to brush right after. You should wait 20 minutes after you eat sugar or carbohydrates to brush as the environment of your mouth is acidic in that period and brushing might be damaging your enamel. We take our time to educate our patients on healthy choices and good habits to keep their teeth healthy.
Most of the decay we see in adults is a result of the breakdown of old fillings. But it is possible to break the cycle of patch and repair. Our office uses a Caries Detecting
Regular Brushing and flossing is very important. We want to help you develop a way of brushing your teeth that fits with the way you live your life. There are a number of effective brushing techniques. We determine which one is best for you since tooth position and gum conditions vary.
In general, a toothbrush head should be small, 1″ x ½” for easy access with soft nylon bristles with round ends. Some brushes are too abrasive and can remove enamel in time.
We recommend brushing at work by keeping a brush at your desk. If you don’t have a toothbrush, rinsing with water for 30 seconds-1 minute after lunch is also helpful.
Flossing and irrigation removes plaque and debris between teeth. Dental floss comes in many forms, which all clean and remove plaque about the same. Waxed floss or ribbon floss (tape) might be easier to slide between tight teeth or tight restorations. However the unwaxed floss makes a squeaking sound to let you know your teeth are clean. We will review which floss method is best for your mouth, including floss holders, threaders and other types. There are many types of irrigators on the market. We will review which type ids best for your particular case. We also recommend the most appropriate choice of toothpaste for each patient. There are different ingredients in the toothpaste preventing dental decay and depend on the age, health and personal preference, we help you choose the best option. Although having fluoride is a key factor to prevent dental decays, some people don’t want to have any fluoride in their toothpaste. For those patients we recommend products containing Xylitol. We have a selection of best brands in the office to offer our patients.
We also are aware of medical conditions and medications which have a negative effect on your oral health. In many cases, Dry mouth is the way the medical condition causes dental decays. There are several products that can hep prevent cavities in these cases and we have a variety of samples to give our patients to try and choose from.
Oral Cancer Screening
As with many other types of cancer, oral lesions that are detected early offer a better chance for successful treatment, making oral cancer detection one more reason to visit your dentist regularly. We take the time to carefully evaluate the oral conditions present in your mouth and throat as well as your neck to screen for any abnormalities.
Periodontal Maintenance Program
The most important reason why people lose their teeth is undiagnosed periodontal disease. But, we know that 90% of all adults have periodontal (gum) disease of various levels.The disease begins without warning, and in early stages causes gums to become sore, bleed easily and contribute to bad breath. As it progresses, teeth loosen and separate; your bite changes and teeth are eventually lost.
For this reason, we perform careful gum evaluation into each visit. Our goal is to diagnose the progression of this disease and offer an opportunity for you to minimize bone loss and preserve your smile for a lifetime through our Periodontal Maintenance Program (PMP). The PMP is designed to create a custom regimen for your condition that will include treatment at the office as well as specific home care. This program is highly effective in the treatment as well as the prevention of periodontal disease.
We incorporate a thorough gum and periodontal evaluation into each visit. This includes:
- Pocket depth measurement of the space between your gums and teeth.
- Evaluation of bone loss.
- Determination of tooth mobility.
- Measurement of gum recession or overgrowth.
- Determine amount of inflammation present.
This data is recorded into your chart in our computer charting system. At a glance, we can review data that shows the changes that have occurred between visits; maintained health, disease progression over time, and improvements in periodontal health as a result of treatment.
At trillium smile, we are your partner to improve and maintain your oral health.
To learn more about our preventive dental care, please contact us at 905-828-9894.