The main objective of dental hygiene is to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup that causes tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Routine dental hygiene appointments consist of two parts: checkups and cleaning.
During checkups, the dentist examines the mouth for signs of cavities, gum and bone disease or any other abnormalities. Our hygienists take digital x-rays of the teeth that will allow the dentist to see inside and in between the teeth. Digital x-rays can quickly alert your dentist of any signs of infection and/or decay
Plaque is a transparent, sticky layer of bacteria on the surface of the teeth that can be removed with at-home brushing and flossing. When plaque is not r it hardens and transforms into tartar(calculus). Tartar doesn’t budge with at-home dental hygiene techniques, so it must be removed in a dentist’s office. If not, patients become more susceptible to various oral diseases.
Our skilled dental hygienists work closely with patients and dentists to impact oral health. Dental hygienists clean and polish teeth to help patients reduce the risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Our dental hygienists also educate patients on caring for their teeth and gums at home, including brushing and flossing correctly.
Good oral hygiene is the foundation of beautiful, healthy smiles. Some oral hygiene practices only happen only in-office, such as:
Regular dental checkups and cleanings maintain the integrity of the teeth and gums to prevent serious oral health issues like tooth loss, bone atrophy, and gum recession.
Teeth are like fingerprints or snowflakes: they are all different in structure. Our team of professionals uses oral examinations to keep track of patient care and treatment plans. Once excellent oral hygiene is achieved, then restorative and cosmetic treatments can begin.
The mouth is the gateway to the body’s health. It serves as a vantage point for identifying early symptoms of systemic diseases.
Periodontal (gum and bone) disease is a severe issue with severe consequences. When plaque is not removed from the teeth, it builds up and calcifies, turning into tartar. The tartar gravitates below the gumline and destroys the supporting bones in the jaw. This causes teeth to become loose and begin to fall out. Professional dental cleanings significantly reduce the odds that a patient will lose their teeth to periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease increases inflammation throughout the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with: :
At our clinic in Whitehorse, our dental hygienists and dentists thoroughly evaluate the mouth for signs of oral diseases. Twice annual dental exams and cleaning make it possible for our team to detect oral health conditions and complications. Reducing bacteria in the mouth with at-home and professional dental hygiene habits can reduce the risk of developing disorders in the mouth and other parts of the body.
We recommend having teeth cleaned and checked by a dental hygienist every six months. Call (867) 668-6077 to schedule an appointment at our clinic in Whitehorse.