The Importance of Prevention
Making it to your yearly cleaning appointments is critical for your oral heath and for your smile’s longevity. Professional teeth cleanings by our compassionate, friendly dental hygienists help your smile stay cavity-free between visits by removing plaque and tartar from your teeth that even excellent brushing and flossing can leave behind.
Plaque is a biofilm containing millions of bacteria that forms on the surface of your teeth and other oral structures, including dental restorations. Plaque is constantly forming, which is why it is so important to maintain good oral hygiene. Plaque thrives off the acids released by the breakdown of sugars in the mouth. With enough repetitions, this acid build-up can eat through the enamel of the tooth, resulting in a cavity. When plaque collects over time, it can harden into tartar, which poses even more serious risks to a person’s dentition. Tartar causes local tissue damage to the teeth, and if left unchecked, can also result in conditions such as dental abscesses, gingivitis, and even dental caries.
Your Cleaning Appointment
One of our dental assistants will escort you back to the clinical area to record your blood pressure and take any necessary x-rays. Then, our hygienist will come in to screen for symptoms of gum disease and note any suspicious areas of tooth decay or infection. She will examine your mouth for any signs of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums caused by an excess of bad bacteria), and look for any signs of gum recession.
Your dental hygienist will use various instruments to gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. She will finish by polishing your teeth individually, to ensure the surfaces of your teeth are inhospitable to bacteria. Cleanings help reduce your risk of cavities and make your smile feel fresh!
Finally, our dentist will review the findings and perform a comprehensive exam of your oral anatomy. Dr. Ranola will thoroughly check for any signs of oral cancer. It is crucial to catch oral cancer in its early stages in order to successfully treat it. If you are in pain or suspect that you have a cavity, our Vancouver dentist will thoroughly examine the particular tooth and show you exactly what we see. Our high definition intraoral photographs and digital x-rays allow you to “co-diagnose” and plan your therapy right alongside of us.
Dental Education At Ranieu Family Dental
Our practice’s team are happy to answer all of your questions about preventative care, including demonstrating proper brushing and flossing techniques, educating you about beneficial and harmful oral habits, and discussing proper nutrition. Certain oral habits, such as chewing tobacco, can increase your risk of oral cancer. Foods high in carbohydrates and sugars, as well as sugary beverages such as juices and wine, give the bacteria in your mouth more to feast on, increasing the proliferation of bad bacteria and your risk of dental problems.
We are happy to discuss any concerns or needs you may have, and treatment options if you do need treatment. Our front desk and billing specialists are available to assist you with all of your insurance and financing related questions. At Ranieu Family Dental, we are your partners in having a healthy smile for life!