There are many types of dentists. General dentists practice a wide array of dental techniques but focus primarily on preventative and restorative dentistry. The American Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association recommend that patients visit a general dentist regularly to prevent any oral problems
Preventative care is the core of good oral health. Habitual preventive oral care is the key to keeping teeth healthy throughout life.
We recommend dental checkups every year and cleanings every six months. Our digital x-rays allow us to see in between the teeth and their roots for any indications of decay or infection. If plaque isn’t removed from the mouth, it calcifies and becomes tartar that must be removed by a skilled dental hygienist. Plaque and tartar that remains on the teeth for an extended period can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Our dental hygienists use an ultrasonic scaler to thoroughly and gently remove dental calculus deposits (tartar) from the surface of the teeth to the tooth roots. Ultrasonic scaling effectively helps treat infection and disease in the periodontal pockets. Scaling also removes bad-breath-causing bacteria.
Many people manage stress by clenching their jaws and grinding their teeth throughout the day or at night in their sleep. This bad habit leads to more detrimental physical stress and tension on the jawbone and teeth. If you grind your teeth in your sleep or during high-stress situations (like driving in traffic), ask your dentist for a nightguard to preserve teeth and gums.
Twice annual dental cleanings and yearly checkups are one of the best practices to encourage overall wellness. However, most of life takes place out of the dentist’s chair. It is the patients’ responsibility to uphold good preventative hygiene and habits outside of the office.
These are hygienic habits that you can practice at home to prevent diseases throughout the body:
Certain foods can erode, chip, or stain enamel. Avoid these items in your diet to protect your teeth:
Additional preventative lifestyle changes to consider:
Restorative dentistry restores and replaces teeth when necessary In addition to benefiting the health of your mouth, dental restorations improve function and aesthetics.
At our practice in Whitehorse, our dentists offer many restorative dental treatments:
Schedule a consultation for a custom dental treatment plan by calling (867) 668-6077.