There is no magic formula for enjoying a healthy smile. In fact, if there is a secret, it is the same thing you have heard your entire life – practice good oral hygiene, follow a healthy diet, and maintain routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist.
At Alta Dental Studio, we provide all the services, education, and support you need to stay a step ahead of dental problems like decay and periodontal disease.
The Importance of Preventive Care
It seems that nearly every week we learn of a new study that shows the effects that poor oral health and chronic gum disease can have on virtually every system of your body. You may not give it a lot of thought, but imagine your mouth as the gateway to your body.
These studies show that poor oral health puts you at risk for complications associated with heart and lung disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease, just to name a few.
Keeping your teeth healthy isn’t difficult, but it is a team effort. You must commit to brushing and flossing conscientiously on your own, then support those efforts with routine exams and cleaning appointments at our Vancouver dental office.
Avoid Bad Breath and Bleeding Gums with Prevention
Some of the first signs that problems are developing are chronic bad breath and gums that bleed when you brush. During your semi-annual exams, Dr. Jason Liu will visually examine your teeth, talk to you about symptoms you may be experiencing, and note any changes since your last visit.
Before we begin your exam, Dr. Liu will sit down with you for a face-to-face meeting to talk about your concerns. Next, he will do a visual exam and note any changes since your last visit. Another part of protecting your overall health are routine oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer is aggressive, but if we identify it in its early stages, survival rates can be as high as 90 percent.
In some cases, we may decide that an x-ray would be beneficial. You can feel comfortable knowing that we only use safe digital x-rays that minimize your exposure to radiation. We also use intraoral cameras during our exams that allow you to see in detail what we see and better understand why we recommend treatment.
Managing Your Oral Hygiene
Many people think that brushing and flossing alone are enough to prevent decay and disease. But plaque that forms on your teeth collects in crevices you cannot reach with your toothbrush; eventually, it turns into tartar, a hard substance that only a skilled hygienist can remove.
During your cleanings, one of our hygienists will check the condition of your teeth and gums to look for signs of periodontal disease, an infection of the gums. When in its early stage (gingivitis), gum disease is fairly easy to eliminate. But if you skip appointments and gum disease advances (periodontitis), all we can do is manage it with more frequent cleanings and exams.
Please Call to Arrange Your Exam
As you can see, you can easily spare yourself many dental problems if you make the commitment to good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and routine preventive visits to Alta Dental. If you feel like you’ve gotten a little too relaxed with your dental care, please don’t hesitate to call us. We will never shame or lecture you about what you have done in the past; our only goal is to take steps now to support your goal for a healthier smile.