Dental Cleanings in South Vancouver
Dental cleanings and exams fall into the category of preventative dentistry. As the name suggests, regular dental cleanings can prevent a host of dental problems from developing. For this reason, most dentists recommend that patients come in every six months for a cleaning and a checkup.
No matter how good a job of brushing and flossing you do at home, plaque can still build up and harden into tartar. In fact, plaque can harden in less than 24 hours. Only a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. Regular cleanings are an important step towards preventing cavities and gum disease.
A lot can change within a patient’s mouth in six months. Often times, a small cavity caught during a cleaning and exam can be easily treated. If the same cavity were left untreated for six months, or a year, deep decay would start to form. After this time, more extensive and costly treatment, such as a root canal, would be necessary. In addition, mild cases of gingivitis can be detected by an exam. At it’s earliest stages, the symptoms of gingivitis are often silent. By the time the patient becomes aware of symptoms, the gingivitis may have progressed to gum disease, which will require more invasive treatment methods, and in some cases, oral surgery. By maintaining regular dental cleanings and exams, you not only help prevent issues, but catch problems early on before they snowball into a more severe condition.
Gum disease and cavities aren’t the only problems that dentists look for when conducting an exam. With each cleaning we do an oral cancer screening. We will check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer. We will also do digital X-rays to check for an cysts or tumours that may not be visible. Successful treatment of oral cancer largely depends upon early detection.