We recommend that you receive fluoride varnish treatments at our office to help prevent tooth decay. This can be done 2 to 4 times per year. The number of treatments depends on how likely it is that you may get a cavity.
Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that helps prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth).
Keep in mind that fluoride varnish treatments cannot completely prevent cavities. Fluoride varnish treatments can best help prevent decay. When you also brush your teeth using the right amount of toothpaste with fluoride, flossing regularly, getting regular dental care, and eating a healthy diet is essential in preventing tooth decay.
Fluoride varnish is safe and used by dentists and doctors all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children. Only a small amount is used, and hardly any fluoride is swallowed. It is quickly applied and hardens. Then it is brushed off after 12 hours.
Absolutely. Ideally once you have teeth then you should get Fluoride Varnish applied. This will help strengthen the teeth and reduce the chances of cavities.
Fluoride varnish is painted on the top and sides of each tooth with a small brush. It is sticky but hardens once it comes in contact with saliva. Your may feel the hardened varnish with your tongue but you will not be able to lick the varnish off. It does not hurt when the varnish is applied and it takes only a few minutes.
Many bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels of fluoride. In addition, some types of home water treatment systems (e.g., reverse osmosis and distillation systems) can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies, potentially decreasing the decay-preventive effects of optimally fluoridated water; however, carbon/charcoal filtration systems do not remove fluoride.
Have you ever noticed some stains on your teeth that just don’t go away? You even start brushing even harder to try and get them out.
These stains are actually plaque and tartar that have attached themselves extremely firmly to your tooth and require a professional clean up or dental scaling procedure to remove them and get your mouth back in good condition.
The sticky, bacteria-filled plaque that causes gum disease tends to accumulate in the area along and just below the gumline. If you have gums that are slightly receded from your teeth, you may be at increased risk for gum disease and that’s when we may recommend scaling.
Dental scaling or Dental Clean-up is the most common non-surgical way to treat gum disease, which is also known as periodontitis. This will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and help your gums regain health.
A potentially harmful bacterial film called plaque is constantly forming on your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky, colourless substance that can eat away at your enamel (the hard-outer covering of your teeth) and cause cavities. If you don’t get rid of plaque often enough, it can harden into what’s known as tartar or calculus, which can cause gum disease.
You really want to avoid plaque turning into tartar, which is where dental appointments come in. Even the most skilled brusher and flosser can’t remove tartar themselves. This is the reason why getting a thorough professional clean up regularly is of the utmost importance
Please do ensure that you have given us a complete and accurate medical history. The procedure can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, so precautions may need to be taken to treat gum disease in people who are at increased risk for infections, such as those with heart problems, liver disease or a compromised immune system due to an illness, such as HIV.
A regular clean up is a painless procedure and usually does not require anaesthesia. However, in some cases of gum recession and sensitivity we would anaesthetise those areas of the mouth to make the procure more comfortable for you.
While sitting in a comfortable reclining chair, we will begin by examining the teeth and gums, assessing where plaque is most prevalent and the gums’ state of health, before starting.
Our dental team uses a variety of tools to clean the teeth, which include a small mirror, a variety of scalers (hook-like instruments with a pointed tip), a tooth polisher with an assortment of different sized heads, a small water hose, and a suction hose. Scalers gently work off stubborn, hard bits of tartar in the harder to reach places on the teeth’s surfaces, such as between teeth, just below the gum line, and some nooks on crowns.
We use polishers in conjunction with flavoured polish, which feels like sweet tasting, but gummy sand. We apply the polish with the polisher and gently rub off what’s left of the tartar and literally polish the enamel. After rinsing, the teeth feel silky smooth.
Next is a professional flossing. We floss your entire mouth to ensure that any loosened bits of plaque are not left behind in between the teeth or below the gum line. Sensitive gums may bleed a little. Throughout the standard cleaning session, we will instruct you to rinse away bits of debris, detached tartar and plaque, and the remaining grains of the tooth polish.
You should resume normal oral care procedures after your teeth scaling. This includes brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing regularly. You should also eat a healthy, balanced diet and see us for regular cleanings to prevent the condition from returning.
Professional cleaning not only levels the field, it saves our permanent teeth, our health, and our pocketbook. Consider the costs in terms of stress, money and time it would take to undergo a root canal, or a tooth extraction, or implant !
When we do a regular cleaning, which is called a dental clean-up we are taking the tartar and calculus build up off of your tooth. We are working on the part of your tooth that you can see, the part that is above the gum line. But, like a glacier in the water, your tooth extends below your gum line. The foundation and strength of your tooth is what you can’t see. Under the gums is the root of your tooth that is embedded in your jawbone. This is where periodontal disease can be hiding.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that destroys the support and structure of your teeth. Once it destroys the gums it moves on to the root of your tooth and then the bone that keeps your tooth attached to your jawbone.
Periodontal disease has many causes including poor oral hygiene, pregnancy, puberty, genetics (Thanks Mom!) medications, stress, poor eating habits, clenching and grinding, diabetes, chewing tobacco and smoking. Symptoms can be; swollen and red gums, receding gum line that makes your tooth look longer than normal, bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, loose teeth, bleeding gums and tender gums.
Deep cleaning your teeth might sound like something you should do after you've missed a few visits to the dentist or eaten a particularly sticky, messy meal. A deep cleaning is actually a specific procedure performed by us to treat gum and periodontal disease.
Our specialist will take some measurements which are called periodontal charting or pocket measurements.
A totally healthy reading would be in the 0-1 range, 2-3 mm is stage 1 which is called gingivitis. Pocket depths of 4-5mm is stage 2 periodontitis which starts to include gum recession. When we see pocket depths of 4mm or higher we recommend a periodontal deep cleaning called scaling and root planning. When there are reading s of 6-10mm this is advanced periodontal disease and now you have bone loss also.
Your gums will be anaesthetised to ensure that you undergo this procedure absolutely painlessly! We will use a scaling instrument to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth. A scaling and root planing procedure will require a minimum of two visits as an appointment. A follow-up visit may be necessary to confirm that your gums and teeth are getting healthier and there is no pocket depth. We usually recommend coming back for another procedure if the pockets don’t shrink.
In fact, you’ll likely be placed on a periodontal maintenance cleaning schedule, returning for regular cleanings every three to four months versus the standard cleanings every six month .
Teeth scaling and root planing do tend to make the gums swollen and tender. Regular scaling procedure avoids future build-up of bacteria filled plaque under the gum line, which helps in averting dental complications. Side effect can also raise teeth’s sensitivity to cold and hot food. Inadequate scaling exposes roots after the gums begin to shrink, resulting in bleeding of the gums.
Periodontal disease is not just about your oral health, but your overall health as well. The bacteria in your mouth are passed on through your body constantly all day. There is a direct connection between periodontal disease and your systemic health. Periodontal disease increases risk of heart attack by 25%, strokes by a factor of 10 and makes it harder to control diabetes.