Preventive dentistry and check-ups
Regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning are important to your oral health. At Dental on York, we emphasise prevention and always work to help you lower your risk of dental disease, dental emergencies and other oral health issues.
Along with routine dental check-ups and hygiene appointments, we offer a variety of services where the main goal is prevention.
Oral hygiene, gum disease and tooth decay
Two of the most common dental issues are gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by a sticky substance called plaque, which can release acid that erodes your dental enamel (the outer layer of your tooth). If untreated, this erosion can result in holes in your tooth, sometimes called “cavities” or “dental caries.” Gum disease, also called “periodontal disease,” can be another result of plaque build-up. Its earlier stage is called “gingivitis,” and may cause irritated, inflamed or bleeding gums.
Gingivitis can progress to a more advanced stage (periodontitis), which may result in the loss of bone, gum tissue or even the entire tooth in more serious cases. A proper oral hygiene routine involves regular brushing and flossing and is important for lowering your risk of dental decay and gum disease. And while a good hygiene routine at home is necessary, it’s not always sufficient; dental professionals can help you remove hard-to-reach plaque and/or advise you on any improvements you should be making to your brushing and flossing.
That’s why it’s important to seek routine hygiene appointments from a qualified dental hygienist, oral health therapist or dentist. A dental professional can also recommend a frequency that’s right for you. For many people, a hygiene appointment and check-up every six months is ideal, while others may need a different frequency depending on individual circumstances and risk factors.
Check-ups are often performed in the same visit as a hygiene appointment. A routine dental exam can help us understand your oral health and any risk factors you may have. As part of a comprehensive exam, we may take x-rays – these can help us diagnose problems that are a little harder to spot with the naked eye, such as bone loss. During an exam, our dentists will inspect your teeth, gums and other soft tissues of the mouth for any signs of issues or risks of future issues. We’ll then make recommendations that are specific to your individual circumstances.
If your dentist does find evidence of tooth decay, we may recommend a few courses of action. Depending on the degree of decay, we may only recommend fluoride treatment and more rigorous hygiene at home. If the decay is more advanced, we may recommend a filling to restore the structure of your tooth. Dental fillings can be made from different materials.
The right type of filling for you will depend on several different factors. We often recommend fillings made from composite resin, which are sometimes referred to as “white fillings” – more accurately, they’re “tooth-coloured fillings,” because we try to match the filling as close to your natural tooth colour as we can.
At Dental on York, we care about both your dental health and your overall health. Physical activities and sport can be an integral part of your overall health, but some of them involve a higher risk of dental injury. Activities like rugby, boxing, hockey and many others tend to present a significant risk of impact or trauma to your face, jaws or teeth.
If you’re participating in activities with a high chance of impact, you should wear a mouthguard. A custom mouthguard, specifically fitted to your mouth and teeth, can offer a better fit than some over-the-counter varieties. And a closer fit can often mean better protection and greater comfort. Whether you’re interested in a mouthguard for yourself or your child, it’s important to take steps that can lower risks of dental injury.
If you do experience a dental injury, contact a dentist immediately and be aware of some important tips for handling dental emergencies.
Our team provides dental services for children. We usually recommend bringing your child for a dental visit by the time they turn two. Even if you help your child clean their teeth every day (which is important!), it’s still important for them to visit a dental professional.
Dental decay is a common problem for many children, especially if they frequently consume sugar – a professional can help spot the signs, suggest strategies to reduce risks such as lowering sugar intake, and make personalised recommendations for better brushing and flossing. It can also be beneficial for young children to get used to being in a dental clinic. If you’re bringing a young child in for their first dental visit, try to aim for a time of day where they’re less likely to be fussy or tired.
We also recommend arriving a few minutes early to give them time to get familiar with the new setting. We have worked with many children and feel passionately about helping them have a positive experience at our clinic.
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