Cleaning & Prevention Services in Leduc, Alberta
A healthy smile is beautiful, and one of the best ways to achieve optimal oral health is to receive regular dental cleanings and examinations. Although you may do a good job brushing and flossing daily, your home routine needs the support of a professional. At TruSmiles, we enjoy providing caring treatment and guidance to protect the health and beauty of your smile.
We recommend visiting our office at least once every 5-6 months for a professional cleaning and examination. Our modern dental clinic is located next to Prestigio Bakery right across from the Premier Denham Inn & Suites. If you visit us as a new patient, we offer free whitening treatment with your initial exam and full cleaning. Call to schedule a visit today!
CALL US: (780) 739-7000 REQUEST APPOINTMENT
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
A professional cleaning is designed to remove all of the bacteria from your teeth that you are unable to remove on your own. We use specialized tools that effectively remove plaque and tartar from your enamel, check for cavities, and then polish and floss your teeth. Your cleaning is also an excellent time for our team to share information with you about the best ways to care for your smile at home.
What’s Involved in a Dental Exam?
During your routine visit, we perform a dental examination to check for decay, damage, and any underlying health concerns. We address any cavities, assess your gum health and conduct an oral cancer screening as needed. Regular examinations can help identify any problems that may have developed since your last appointment. Being as proactive as possible can help avoid serious and costly treatments later.
Bacteria can be challenging to remove, despite regular brushing and flossing at home. Small pockets between your teeth and gums are ideal environments for bacteria to multiply. Routine visits to our clinic not only keep teeth clean and prevent cavities, but they are also important for addressing the long-term health and function of your smile. Your exam is a great time to talk about any cosmetic concerns. Together we can map out a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle, budget, and goals.
Oral Health Care at Home
It’s essential to understand the most effective way to care for your teeth at home. Brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits are the keys to having a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
Benefits of consistent preventive home care include:
- Whiter teeth
- Healthy gums
- Reducing disease-causing bacteria
- Minimizing risk for cavities
Brushing correctly twice a day is the best way to address tooth decay. For best results, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and short strokes, begin at the gum line and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle. Electric toothbrushes are very effective.
Proper flossing is just as important as brushing and should be done at least once a day or more if you can. Start with an 18-inch-long piece of floss and wrap a section around each tooth. Hold the floss in the shape of the letter C between the gums and the teeth. Avoid reusing contaminated pieces of floss. After brushing and flossing, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to remove bacteria in hard to reach areas. Additionally, a tongue scraper further eliminates bacteria and reduces bad breath.
Fluoride & Sealants
Fluoride is an essential mineral that can help prevent decay by blocking acid from penetrating the enamel. Demineralization occurs when plaque and food acids weaken the structure of the tooth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Remineralization prevents these issues by adding minerals through food, water, and fluoride. Starting at an early age, the application of fluoride can help prevent acid production by building a barrier that makes it very difficult for acids to penetrate.
In addition to fluoride treatments for stronger teeth, we provide sealants to help prevent decay. Children can benefit the most from sealants for the same reason they need fluoride, though adults can be supported by the treatment as well. Sealants are easy to apply and can last as long as ten years before requiring another application. Assuming an effective oral hygiene routine is maintained, sealants can add another layer of protection to keep your smile healthy and free of cavities.
A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Smile
Severe damage from decay is often a result of poor nutrition and inconsistent oral hygiene habits. Beyond impacting the beauty of the smile, these can result in structural issues that require extensive dental treatment. Harmful ingredients like processed sugar and artificial chemicals or additives can accelerate the accumulation of plaque. What we eat impacts many aspects of your health, including your smile.
Frequent tobacco and alcohol use will noticeably yellow teeth and can lead to serious oral health issues. Tobacco reduces oxygen in the bloodstream, and without it, the body cannot defend itself against the buildup of bacteria and advancing infection. In excess, both of these substances can cause the gum tissue to dry out and become a breeding ground for bacteria and can increase your chances of developing oral cancer. Eliminating or reducing tobacco and alcohol, a balanced diet, diligent daily hygiene practices, and routine dental visits can help you achieve optimal oral health for a lifetime.
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a prevalent and serious condition that affects millions of Americans each year. Many are afraid to seek treatment and delay getting help, which only allows the disease to progress further. Our skilled and compassionate team understands how unsettling it can be to learn you have gum disease, and we have the treatments you need to help you improve your condition and maintain healthy gums into the future.
Regular professional cleanings and deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, are two of the most common methods we use to get your oral health back on track. Scaling and root planning are used when gum disease has progressed to a moderate stage. It is a specialized cleaning that removes tartar, plaque, and toxins from above and below the gum line—a process known as scaling. Then, the dentist smooths the surface of the roots of the teeth—known as planing. After this procedure, gum tissue can heal and recover from the disease.
When is Planing and Root Scaling Necessary?
Your gums can become inflamed and infected when toxins are released from the plaque and tartar build-up. These toxins may create periodontal pockets that can eventually loosen teeth and deteriorate the jawbone. For the mild to moderate stages of gum disease, a deep cleaning can often keep the infection from progressing. For gingivitis, routine cleanings can halt the spread of the infection and keep bacteria in check. Combined with diligent at-home oral hygiene routines, reclaiming your oral health is a reachable goal.
Preventive Care for a Healthy, Confident, Beautiful Smile
Keeping your teeth and gums clean and free of plaque helps you enjoy a fresh smile and minimizes your risk for decay or other problems. At TruSmiles we are dedicated to making sure you and your family enjoy healthy smiles for a lifetime. To assist you with achieving and maintain a smile you love, we offer preventive services, education on best practices for home care, and additional restorative and cosmetic services. Call and schedule your appointment today!
CALL US: (780) 739-7000 REQUEST APPOINTMENT