Enjoy a Healthy Smile with preventive care at Landmark Dental Centre
Preventing dental diseases starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. At Landmark Dental our dentists and hygienists continue to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health with regular exams, cleanings, and targeted treatments. A preventive program is a cooperative effort to preserve your natural dentition by stopping the advancement of dental diseases. We work with you to keep your teeth clean and free of damaging plaque so you can enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime. If you’re looking for a new dentist near you, or haven’t been to the dentist in a while, call our office today to schedule your appointment.
The Importance of Regular Cleanings & Exams
Many individuals assume that some irritation and bleeding of the gums while routine brushing and flossing are normal, but that is not the case. These symptoms are often the initial warnings signs of gum disease in its earliest form, gingivitis. Gum disease is an oral bacterial infection that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
It is recommended that you see your dentist twice a year for the thorough removal of debris and bacteria that harden into plaque. Our cleanings reach places where your toothbrush and floss cannot. Regular professional exams and cleanings also provide the opportunity to screen for oral cancer. Diagnosing and treating this condition early will improve the chances for successful results. We also offer cosmetic services to restore your smile, including:
We Provide Comprehensive Treatments
During your dental appointment, we will evaluate your smile for potential signs of decay, checking each tooth with a hand mirror and using digital X-rays. Soft tissue is also evaluated to determine the presence of gum disease or oral cancer. After these examinations, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and flossed. You will leave our office with a fresh smile and a plan for future care if any additional treatments are needed. In combination with regular cleanings, we provide additional preventive treatments:
- Fluoride Rinses
- Mouth Guards
- Anti-Bacterial Gum Treatments
Patients who have deep pits or grooves on their back teeth may find it hard to keep them clean and free of debris. By adding a coating of clear sealant, you can ensure that decay-causing bacteria do not adhere to teeth.
If you frequently clench or grind your teeth, a mouth guard may be recommended to protect your teeth. These guards are slim, custom-made, and create a barrier to absorb pressure and to avoid cracking and breaking teeth.
Understanding How Periodontal Health Impacts Overall Wellness
Our mouths are home to both beneficial and harmful bacteria. When a diligent oral health routine consisting of brushing, flossing, and annual visits to the dentist is lacking, the harmful bacteria seize the opportunity to multiply throughout the smile. Over time these microbes spread, leaving behind a residue on your teeth known as plaque which hardens into tartar if not removed.
What is Periodontal Disease?
The overabundance of this plaque collects along the gum line slowly separating your gums from your teeth and forming pockets. These pockets allow more bacteria and plaque to accumulate, making the buildup harder to remove and increasing tissue inflammation. If left to progress further, soft-tissues begin to recede leaving teeth vulnerable to decay and loss.
Aside from being the leading cause of tooth loss, gum infection can lead to serious overall health issues. Because your immune system is on the defense against the condition, bacteria and inflammation travel through the bloodstream causing difficulties throughout the body. Recent dental and medical evidence suggests that gum disease can be a significant contributing factor to issues like heart disease, difficulty managing diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even low birth weight in infants.
Offering a Conservative Approach to Treatment
Our expert team believes in providing care with the least invasive approach possible. Scaling and root planing is an effective treatment to relieve discomfort and eliminate the infection. The treatment includes removing bacteria with specialized instruments and sterilizing infected tissue. For patients with anxiety about dental work, we offer sedation options to keep you comfortable and calm.
Treating Affected Gums
Recurrent infection is a continual threat to patients who have experienced periodontitis. To reduce the chance of reinfection, pocket removal can be done to eliminate these areas and maximize your long-term dental health.
Gum grafting procedures are also available to ensure that your gums heal properly, after pocket removal. If you have an uneven smile due to previous periodontal treatments or a naturally “gummy” smile, gum contouring treatments can re-shape your gums, so they look and feel healthier.
Taking Care of Your Oral Health at Home
Maintaining optimal oral health depends on a diligent at home routine. Practice these seven steps to preserve your smile:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Include your tongue when brushing to keep your breath fresh
- Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food between teeth and under the gums
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid sugary treats
- Visit our office at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam
- Ask our professional team about sealants and additional fluoride treatments
- Wear a mouth guard if you play sports or engage in other physical activity with a high risk of injury
It Pays to Take Care of Your Teeth
A good home routine and regular dental visits can help you stay on top of disease and decay, which will help you avoid more costly treatments. Preventing dental problems will keep your overall health strong and your smile confident.
Your smile deserves to look, feel, and function at its best. If you are experiencing redness, swelling, or bleeding gums, contact our office today for rejuvenating your gum health.