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Dental exams and cleanings in Vancouver

Regular dental exams and cleanings are one of the best ways to maintain good oral health. With more and more evidence emerging that links poor oral health to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, it can be said that dental care is an investment in your overall health. In fact, the benefits of professional dental cleanings go far beyond that squeaky clean feeling you get after a polish.

During a cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will use a special dental instrument to remove plaque and tartar buildup from both above and below the gumline. Once plaque has hardened into tartar it can not be removed from the surface of the tooth by brushing alone. If left on the teeth long enough plaque and tartar buildup will lead to gingivitis and gum disease.

A professional cleaning will also serve to remove surface stains from the teeth. You teeth may look a bit brighter after a good cleaning. If you’re thinking of using whitening products or getting a professional teeth whitening treatment its a good idea to get a cleaning beforehand. This will ensure that you get the maximum benefits from your whitening treatment.

During your exam and cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will check for signs of cavities or gum disease as well as more serious conditions such a oral cancer. Dental issues are usually more easily treated when caught early on. Your dentist will also examine existing dental restorations such as crown or fillings to ensure that they are still intact.

In addition to regular check ups, a good home care routine is a must for maintaining good oral health. Your dental appointments are good opportunities to check in with your dentist about your oral hygiene routine and ask any questions you may have. If its been more than 6 months since your last cleaning, don’t wait any longer to book your appointment!