When it comes to a healthy smile, finding a dental office that you can trust is an important first step. Here at the Dental Centre, we are dedicated to making every dentist appointment as comfortable and worthwhile as possible. That’s why we offer general dentistry services, from regular teeth cleanings and preventive care to individualized treatment for cavities and other build-up, in four different Ontario locations. We consider it a privilege to help you and your family achieve healthy, beautiful smiles with a comfortable office environment and innovative dental technology. Read on to learn more about the important dental health services we offer and find a Dental Centre location near you to get started!
The Importance of Oral Health
The health of your teeth, gums, and mouth is probably one of the easiest aspects of your health to ignore, but it is essential. It has a far-reaching impact on your overall physical health, and can even affect your mental health and social well-being. Continue reading to learn why dental care should be a priority in your life and don’t forget to schedule your next appointment with one of the Dental Centre’s four Ontario locations!
Live Easily and Pain-Free
Dentistry offers a solution to many discomforts you may experience from poor dental health. From tooth pain to difficulty eating or speaking, your dentist can help you find a way to regain the quality of life you deserve. Tooth pain is often a symptom of an underlying cause that an experienced dentist will be able to diagnose and treat, and a misalignment of your teeth, bite, or jaw that makes ordinary life difficult can be solved in a number of ways. Regular visits to your local dental office cannot only prevent these problems from becoming an everyday nuisance, but they can also help treat whatever issues you may discover between appointments.
Enjoy Your Social Life
Bad dental hygiene can have wide-ranging effects on every aspect of your life, including your relationships with friends and family. Embarrassment over crooked teeth or other imperfections may be holding you back from enjoying your time with others. Bad breath can also be a consequence of poor oral health, and it can cause your friends to draw away and make it hard to meet new people. No matter what your dental health difficulty may be, an experienced dentist like Dr. Nanji can help you find a way back to a healthy, comfortable, and confident smile!
Prevent Serious Health Problems
Minor tooth pain or a lax brushing routine can lead to very serious consequences. Don’t ignore your symptoms! Oral health issues like gum disease have been linked to other, more widespread health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and more. Pain and discomfort may also be signs of oral cancer.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, about 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and 1,050 people die. This dizzying rate is often attributed to the fact that people ignore their symptoms, put off going to the dentist, and are therefore not diagnosed until the later stages of oral cancer, when it is much harder to treat. Regular dental check-ups can not only help address all the issues we have already discussed, but also serve as an early warning system for any signs of serious disease.
Protect your overall health and your quality of life with regular appointments and teeth cleanings! The Dental Centre is proud to help you achieve a smile you’re proud of with comprehensive dental services, from deep cleanings to restorative dental procedures like implants or veneers. Take the first step today toward a healthier, happier life, and schedule your appointment at our Stouffville, Uxbridge, Sunderland, or Port Perry locations!
What You Can Do
The best way to avoid problems with your oral health is to take preventative steps and keep your teeth and mouth as clean as possible. Teeth cleanings at a dentist’s office are important, but taking the right steps in your everyday routine is one of the best ways to take your oral health into your own hands. Here are a few ways you can care for your teeth at home!
Brush Twice Daily
Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal to address bacteria left behind after eating. However, if that’s prohibitive, then brushing twice a day offers much of the same benefits. We recommend waiting at least 20 to 30 minutes after eating for the best results.
Brushing your teeth helps keep your mouth clean and free of debris, and it’s your first defense against plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease. Plaque, when it hardens, turns into tartar and needs to be professional removed. According to the Canadian Dental Association, plaque hardens into tartar within 24 to 36 hours, which means daily brushing is essential to your dental health.
When it comes to brushing your teeth, quality matters as much as frequency. Try not to rush through your routine and pay attention to how you are brushing your teeth. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle and make sure you brush the interior and exterior of your teeth, along your gum line, and brush your tongue, where plaque build-up is often overlooked. An electric toothbrush can help you get the positive effects of proper brushing with less effort, and it’s a great tool if you have difficulty brushing because of arthritis, mobility problems, or other concerns.
Make Flossing a Routine
You should consider flossing just as important as brushing your teeth. As noted by the Canadian Dental Association, two thirds of the tooth’s surface can’t be reached by brushing alone. Floss can remove plaque and bacteria that’s out of reach with an ordinary toothbrush, which is why we encourage you to make it a daily habit. If you have trouble flossing, try using a dental pick, a pre-threaded flosser, or other tools like a water flosser.
Specially formulated mouthwash can be another important step in your oral healthcare routine. Some formulas contain special ingredients to help strengthen your teeth, address hard-to-reach areas, and treat specific health concerns. Choose your mouthwash wisely, however — many over-the-counter options are made simply to mask bad breath, and won’t have the therapeutic qualities you’ll most benefit from.
Make Everyday Healthy Choices
A lot of what we do throughout the day impacts our oral health, even if you are not specifically addressing your teeth. Ensuring you have a healthy, well-balanced diet, for example, can have a positive impact on your oral and overall health. The right nutrients help build strong bones and teeth, while foods with high sugar or acid contents can encourage tooth decay. You should also avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, which negatively affects your teeth, gums, and more.
If you start incorporating these recommendations into your daily routine – or add the few steps you’ve been neglecting – then you can take a big step toward a future without serious oral health concerns. Remember, all of these are important ways you can take personal responsibility for the health of your teeth and gums, but positive choices at home should be paired with periodic visits to a dental office for best results. Keep reading to learn what the Dental Centre can do to help you stay happy and healthy, and call today to make an appointment!
Treatment and Prevention
An effective at-home oral health care routine is important, but so are regular trips to the dentist. Whether you have dentist anxiety, you keep forgetting to schedule your next appointment, or you’re simply short on time, we understand! The Dental Centres across Ontario try to make every appointment as convenient and comfortable as possible, because we know that nothing compares to the professional attention and care that comes with a dentist appointment. Read on to learn more about our general dentistry services, and contact a location near you to schedule your next appointment!
Regular Check-Ups and Teeth Cleanings
Periodic dentist appointments are essential for keeping your teeth and mouth as clean as possible, as well as catching any potential problems before they become painful or expensive to fix. During your oral health check-up, your dental professional will perform an examination to look for plaque build-up and cavities. They will inspect your teeth and gums, and they may also check your tongue, throat, face, and neck as they look for signs of disease.
At the Dental Centres in Ontario, we also have a variety of dental imaging technology that your dentist may utilize to look for harder-to-spot problems. This may include X-rays and intraoral imaging. With the added perspective of these images, your dental professional will have a better look at any worrisome symptoms or signs.
A regular dental check-up will also include a professional teeth cleaning! A responsible at-home brushing and flossing routine can make this part of your appointment more pleasant, since your dental professional’s job is to remove any lingering plaque or built-up tartar, and regular brushing and flossing can minimize any harmful debris. During a teeth cleaning, your dental hygienist will use a specialized tool to remove plaque and tartar from below the surface of your teeth and below the gumline. They will also floss between your teeth and then polish them with a gritty paste to remove surface stains.
If you want a healthy, beautiful smile, we recommend you stop in to your local dentist’s office for a dental check-up at least every six months!
Root Scaling and Planing
Poor at-home oral health care or other problems may lead to an excessive buildup of plaque and tartar. In that case, your dentist may recommend a dedicated root scaling and planing appointment. This debris, if left unaddressed, can cause gum disease. A periodontal maintenance appointment helps you regain a healthy smile.
A root scaling and planing removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and from any pockets within your gums. Your dental professional will also smooth out the roots of your teeth to help your gums reattach to your teeth. The procedure may require local anesthetic, but it’s less painful than the consequences of gum disease, and the Dental Centre team will do their best to help you get back on track for better oral health. Contact an office near you to learn more!
Whether you want to preserve your kids’ oral health, or you are an adult who has yet to invest in a protective coating for your teeth, then it’s time to talk about dental sealants! Sealants are a thin, safe material that coats your teeth to prevent bacteria, plaque, and food particles from sticking to your teeth and accumulating. It’s a great step for school-aged kids, but adults can enjoy the benefits as well! The procedure is simple and painless, and offers benefits for the rest of your life. Learn more about dental sealants and call the Dental Centre today to make your appointment!
When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, we hope you choose to work with the Dental Centres! With locations in Stouffville, Uxbridge, Sunderland, and Port Perry, we endeavor to make dental care as convenient and comfortable as possible. Explore our site to learn more about the comprehensive services we offer, and stop in to meet our team! We look forward to working with you.