Your smile is as distinct as your personality, so we offer a high standard of preventive treatment, covering all aspects of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry to ensure that all your dental needs are taken care of.
At Bayside Dental & Orthodontics, we are proud to provide the people of Airdrie Alberta with professional preventive dental services in an relaxing environment. We take our time to talk with you, identify your concerns and expectations, correct any problems in their earliest stages, and help you protect your smile and maintain a healthy mouth.
Everyone benefits from preventive dental care
Preventive dentistry offers many benefits, particularly to children, as it allows their newly forming teeth to erupt strong and healthy. In some cases, dental sealants and in-office fluoride treatments are recommended to help prevent tooth decay. For adults, preventive dentistry can help you maintain your natural teeth for longer, or even your lifetime.
Since your mouth is a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, keeping it clean and healthy is also beneficial to your overall health. As such, preventative dentistry is known to reduce the risk of secondary health concerns associated with poor oral health, including:
- Low birth weight
- Premature birth
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
What to expect from preventative dentistry
Preventive dental treatment focuses on continuing hygiene practises and daily routines to stop tooth decay and other oral diseases and conditions from developing later on. With proper dental care, you can effectively avoid or lessen the impact of:
- Enamel loss
Preventive dental treatment strategies
Preventive dental care typically incorporates at-home dental care by patients, as well as in-office treatments and counselling by a dental professional. Common strategies for children and adults include:
At-home oral hygiene
It is extremely important that you brush and floss a minimum of two times a day to remove dental plaque. If allowed to collect and build up, it can produce tartar and acid-producing bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.
Daily tooth cleaning for children should begin the instant the first tooth erupts. It is recommended that you visit a pediatric dentist at this time, or within the first 12 months of age, in order to develop a comprehensive oral health care program for your kid.
Fluoride is contained in most toothpastes and helps to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. Besides the use of fluoride, mouth rinses, and toothpastes at home, there are also fluoride treatments provided in a dental office, with consideration of access to public fluoridated water.
Maintaining a balanced diet is important for your dental and overall health. Foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars harm your body, including your teeth, as they feed the bacteria in your mouth that create dental plaque. Inadequate calcium in your diet is also risky, as it increases the risk of developing gum disease and jaw deterioration.
Regular dental visits
Routine dental checkups are important for early detection of teeth and teeth-related problems before they cause significant damage. Dental check-ups should be conducted every six months, and may include dental cleaning, cancer screenings, oral health management, and patient education, among others.
Periodontal teeth scaling is a big part of every hygiene appointment. Our hygienist will reduce buildup of plaque, tartar and bacteria that may be living on your teeth. We use two methods at Bayside Dental & Orthodontics:
- using a traditional hand scaling tool or
- using an ultrasonic water scaling device.
The type of tool used depends on your individual circumstance.
As part of each hygiene and scaling appointment, we provide complete Oral Cancer Detection. Early detection is vital in combating the disease; additional screening may be pursued as part of your yearly hygiene schedule.
Schedule an appointment with our dental professionals at Bayside Dental & Orthodontics in Airdrie Alberta today to carry out a risk assessment and complete dental checkup, and then develop a customised prevention program depending on your health.