Hygiene & Prevention, Mouth Guards
Importance of Hygiene & Prevention
How Dr. Roy Tanaka diagnoses periodontal disease and decay
Because of our commitment to preventive dentistry, we recommend that all of our patients visit us at least once every six months for a routine cleaning and examination. Dental problems can start out small but can also quickly worsen to become much more serious conditions. These problems are much easier to treat when we catch them early.
Serious conditions begin as treatable problems
The effects of gingivitis, for example, are treatable but when it advances into periodontal disease, the bone loss that can result is irreversible.
A small tooth surface cavity can easily be fixed, but if it spreads to the inner layers of the tooth, you may require root canal therapy and a crown.
A cracked filling can cause an infection in the tooth’s inner pulp layer, resulting in the need for root canal therapy.
Regular checkups allow us to treat problems early
During your regular checkups, we examine your oral health, measure the bone levels around your teeth, check for decay, screen for oral cancer, examine your restorations, evaluate your bite, and remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. The bacteria that cause periodontal disease thrive in plaque and tartar, producing toxins that can cause bone loss and eventually tooth loss. A toothbrush and floss won’t even budge tartar, so we must remove it every six months in our office.
Your six-month exam and cleaning is a critical part of a preventive program. It’s the best way for you to prevent advanced dental problems, and that minimizes the time and money you spend in the dental chair.
When playing sports, or sleeping, your teeth could be at risk, mouth guards are important for those people who play contact sports and night guards are important for those people who grind their teeth at night. Whether it be for medical reasons or for sports, here at Dr. Roy Tanaka’s Dental Centre, we deal with both types, in order to better help you protect your teeth.