The Value of Preventative Dental Care
In a time when costs for groceries, education and elective care have never been higher; it’s important to understand the true value of dental services so that educated choices can be made regarding the continuance/discontinuance of procedures.
Dental Care in Calgary
As Calgarians we’re fortunate to have access to some of the best dental care in Canada – thanks in-part to living in a dynamic city that attracts forward thinking professionals and also to an educated public that demands the highest standard of dental care available.Dr. Rhemtulla of Centennial Smiles in Calgary is a General Dentist who believes that dental care should enhance a patient’s general health, as well as their oral health – and focuses on instilling the value of preventative dental treatment as the foundation for a healthy mouth and body.
What is Preventative Dental Treatment?
Keeping teeth and gums healthy is the primary step in giving patients the best chance of keeping their teeth for a lifetime. Preventative Dental Care emphasizes the practice of daily brushing and flossing that removes food remnants and deposits of plaque. When tooth surfaces are free from acid producing plaque – the risk of developing tooth decay is decreased dramatically. Bacteria in plaque like to feed off food debris that hides between teeth – a diet high in simple carbohydrates is a smorgasbord for bacteria; as they get to devour food particles, increasing their numbers. The aim of preventative dental treatment is to remove damage causing plaque and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease – the two main causes of tooth loss.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Seeing your Calgary Dentist and Hygienist for regular exams and cleanings is probably one of the best things you can do for your oral health. During a professional cleaning deposits of plaque (soft bacteria) calculus (hard bacteria) and tucked-away food debris is removed. Plaque and calculus are highly irritating to gum tissue – causing inflammation and making it pull away from the neck of the tooth in an attempt to escape the irritation. If the source of the irritation is not removed gum tissue continues to try and avoid coming in contact with plaque – but in doing so creates pockets around teeth – which actually just act as the perfect spot for more debris and bacteria to gather.
Just like regular oil changes and tire rotations keep your prized motor running well – regular cleanings and exams ensure that your oral health is in tip-top shape and any concerns are treated early.
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