general and family dentistry in Oakville centered on prevention
A beautiful, healthy smile is not hard to come by. It is, at the same time, not a guarantee to any of us. To keep your smile looking good and feeling good takes work. Dr. Tuli and her team at Burloak Centre Dentistry encourage patients to develop and maintain the healthy habits that serve as proactive measures against dental disease. Patients are not only told what to do, but shown how to do it and helped along the way with specific preventive dental treatments conducted in our general and family dentistry practice in Oakville.
Professional cleanings designed for prevention are called prophylaxis. While oral hygiene takes place on a daily basis at home, the twice-a-year professional cleaning is vital to long term health. In this preventive treatment, the hygienist uses specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar that may have accumulated on the surface of teeth and in hard to reach places. Tartar, especially, is impossible to remove with routine brushing and flossing. And since this hardened plaque harbours bacteria, its removal is important to the prevention of cavities and gum disease.
Treating Gum Disease
Some who visit our Ontario family dental practice may know they have gum irritation. Many do not. During routine examinations, the dentist may identify areas where inflammation is present. Gums may be receding and pockets may have formed around the teeth. In such instances, treatment will be planned to remove bacteria and clean existing pockets so that gum disease can be prevented from progressing. There are several treatment options for gum disease and each is based on the extent of infection identified. Some patients are able to reverse damage with a deep cleaning, while others may require antibiotics in addition to scaling and root planing.
Oral Cancer Screening
Dr. Tuli is proud to include VELscope oral cancer screening in her menu of preventive services. Certain people are at a greater risk for oral cancer, but screening is beneficial for every person due to the seriousness of this condition. When detected and treated early, oral cancer has a very good prognosis for survival. VELscope is a device that more readily identifies abnormal tissues due to the use of specific light.
Your smile can be healthy and happy for your lifetime when you partner with your trusted dental team. Contact Burloak Centre Dentistry today to schedule your visit. Call 905.581.4436 today