Almost everyone knows they should visit a dentist when they are experiencing a severe issue like dental pain, bleeding gums, tooth decay, or a broken tooth. However, few realize they need to see a dentist regularly to practice preventive dentistry.
A dental exam isn’t just for when you’re feeling aches and pains. Most dental authorities recommend having a routine examination at least once a year – more if your risk of dental issues is higher than normal. An exam at Kensington Dental Clinic can help to detect and prevent many diseases of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Most of these are detectable long before they can cause any damage; taking care of them early can save an enormous amount on dental bills.
Although you may brush and floss regularly, a dental clinic is the only place that has the necessary tools to remove tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. Another long-lasting benefit is fluoride application, which helps to prevent tooth decay for months, and even longer with regular brushing. At your request, we can also provide you or your child with a demonstration of how to brush and floss properly.
Regular dental exams and cleanings are designed to help patients maintain optimal oral health and wellness by removing unwanted plaque, bacteria, and decay. Plaque is a sticky substance left behind on the teeth by food and beverages. Over time, it will eat through the enamel of the teeth, resulting in cavities that can rapidly become infected. Infected teeth can lead to permanent tooth loss, so it is important to remove plaque as soon as possible.
At Kensington Dental Clinic, our exams and cleanings are meant to eliminate the plaque that doesn’t come off when you brush your teeth at home. We pay special attention to the back molars, which are difficult to reach and most frequently develop cavities.
While cleanings are important for preventive dentistry, we also emphasize the importance of regular dental exams. The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends that each individual visit a dentist twice a year as soon as they a year old for exams. During an exam, our dentist can inspect your teeth, gums, and other soft tissues. The goal is to identify potential issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer early, so you remain healthy and strong.
Exams and cleanings should be done as soon as a child develops their first tooth or reaches one year of age. Afterward, everyone should visit a dentist at least once a year to practice optimal preventive dentistry. If you are unsure of where to go for treatment in Edmonton, Alberta, consider visiting our office, Kensington Dental Clinic, today. We are currently accepting new patients and can schedule an appointment at your convenience.