Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining excellent oral hygiene and diagnosing potential problems, but they are not a “fix-all” solution. Professional cleanings twice a year combined with daily self-cleaning can remove a high percentage of disease-causing bacteria and plaque. In addition, teeth that are well cared for make for a sparkling white smile.
Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the removal of calculus (tartar), the removal of plaque and teeth polishing.
There are numerous types of oral hygiene aids on the supermarket shelves, and it can be difficult to determine which will provide the best benefit to your teeth. We can provide you with suggestions for home care and oral hygiene aids to ensure you maintain your bright, white smile!
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. They are usually good for three to five years.
Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year (to detect potential dental problems.)
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your Penticton family dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a progressive condition and the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the developed world and affects the gums and jawbone. For patients with periodontal disease require more frequent cleanings, root planning and scaling every 3-4 months
Be proactive with your preventive oral health care and contact us for a comprehensive dental exam today!
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums.
It’s important to note that fluoride won’t prevent decay alone. It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your Penticton family dentist on a regular basis. We generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
We may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for a variety of reasons, which we will discuss with you during your appointment.
A panoramic X-ray is a 360 digital radiograph of the face and teeth. It offers a view that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. A panoramic X-ray provides a better view of the sinus areas, nasal areas and mandibular nerve. They can expose hidden structures, such as impacted teeth, reveal abscessed teeth, and also show fractures, bone loss, tumours and cysts.
The panoramic X-ray is extremely versatile in dentistry, and is used for a variety of reasons including:
At Enamel Dental Centre in Penticton, screening for precancerous and cancerous growths is a completely painless part of every standard routine dental check-up.
Oral cancer can easily be diagnosed with an annual oral cancer screening. It is effectively treated when caught in its earliest stages. Around 75 percent of oral cancers are linked with modifiable behaviours such as smoking, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption.
Any noticeable abnormalities on the tongue, gums, mouth or surrounding area should be evaluated by a health professional as quickly as possible.