Preventative dental care to maintain a healthy smile in Burlington, ON

With modern families’ hectic schedules, it can be difficult to find time to relax, let alone make it to routine dental appointments. At Tansley Woods Dentistry in Burlington, ON, we understand our patients’ demanding schedules and make getting preventative dental care not just convenient, but also worth your time. By spending a short time seeing our team for regular check-ups and professional cleanings at the recommended intervals each year, you decrease the chance that you will need to spend extra time in the dental chair getting costly restorative procedures down the road.

Why is preventative dental care important?

Simply put, a large portion of dental problems start with inadequate oral hygiene. Cavities, gum disease, abscesses, weakened teeth, and other problems can all begin when the disease-causing plaque and bacteria are not regularly removed from your teeth. While regular brushing and flossing do a good job of keeping these diseases-causing substances at bay, even the most diligent patients can miss hard-to-reach spots. Over time, plaque begins to harden into tartar. When this happens, brushing and flossing at home cannot remove the tartar, and bacteria and a cascade of negative oral health effects can flourish.

Routine teeth cleanings and dental check-ups at Tansley Woods Dentistry are like pressing the “reset” button, eliminating the disease-causing plaque and tartar and giving you a fresh, clean slate until your next visit. In addition, Dr. Nguyen performs a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures at each visit to check for any issues that may have arisen since your last appointment. By evaluating your oral health regularly, we can catch issues at their earliest stages when they are easier, less costly, and less time-consuming to treat.

Components of a routine preventative dental visit

At Tansley Woods Dentistry, we conduct preventive care visits with several specific steps that are designed to optimize your time in the dental chair and provide you with the healthiest possible mouth. We provide preventative care services for the whole family, with the appropriate dental treatments for each stage of life.

  • Dental plaque removal and polishing: Using specialized instruments, we gently remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth and then polish them using a gritty toothpaste to reduce surface area for plaque to cling to and give you a pearly white smile. We finish by flossing your teeth to remove any remaining debris.
  • Patient education: We make dental visits fun for children and use the opportunity to talk to parents about the best way to care for their children’s teeth. In addition, we talk with teens about how to take good care of their teeth and can provide you with guidance about the best techniques for brushing and flossing and other oral health questions you may have.
  • Preventative treatments: Dental sealants and fluoride application may be recommended to help protect your (or your child’s) teeth from cavities and decay. Seniors may need more specialized services such as periodontal maintenance therapies to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
  • Examination: Using a visual inspection and imaging such as dental x-rays as appropriate, Dr. Nguyen examines your mouth to ensure it is healthy, monitor any issues that have been previously identified, and check for any new issues that may have arisen

To schedule your routine exam and cleaning, call Tansley Woods Dentistry in Burlington, ON today! (289) 273-4289