Preventing Problems before They Start
The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting Dr. Verma for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The Canadian Dental Association recommends that you visit Dr Verma every 6 months, or more frequently, depending on your oral health, to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing Dr. Verma for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent Tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath
- Limit the need for certain procedures
- Keep your teeth looking healthy, by preventing staining from food and drinks
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, Dr. Verma will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other health problems. Dr. Verma may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help Dr. Verma discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye. Our office routinely has a Radiology Engineer evaluate our equipment to ensure they are operating at optimal and safe levels.
Our dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine whether or not you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth. If not, periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, our hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then our hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let our hygienist know.
If Dr. Verma or our hygienist find tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, Dr. Verma will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.