The answer to this question is a resounding yes! Although you may think that your smile looks great and and feels healthy, regular visits to your Calgary dentist can help detect very small issues that you cannot detect on your own. This is particularly important because, when it comes to your oral health, often you may not even be aware that there is an issue until you feel pain or discomfort. By the time you feel any pain or discomfort, chances are that you will require some type of treatment from your Calgary dentist. With the help of your Calgary dentist’s specialized training as well as dental equipment including digital x-rays and intra-oral cameras, your Calgary dentist and dental hygienist can ensure that small issues, such as a developing cavity or the early stages of gum disease, do not become major ones.
At your Calgary dentist appointment, when doing your dental examination, your dentist will check your whole mouth, including your teeth, lips, gums, cheeks and throat for any potential issues, including cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, bite issues and even any aesthetic concerns you may have including the shape of your teeth, their colour and their overall appearance. At your regular dental hygiene appointment, your dental hygienist will also examine your mouth for any teeth and gum issues and provide a dental cleaning (scaling), teeth polish, fluoride application (if you so choose) and take x-rays, as may be required.
In addition to seeing your Calgary dentist and dental hygienist at least once per year, one of the most important things you can do to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime is to ensure that you stick with a regular and consistent at home oral health care plan. This means brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice per day and flossing at least daily. Dr.Dirk Thompson, D.D.S., our Calgary dentist, advises that maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle is also an important element of maintaining your oral health, including by not using any tobacco products, eating a healthy diet, exercising and protecting your teeth and mouth by wearing a mouthguard when engaging in sporting activities such as hockey, soccer, rugby and skate-boarding.
Our Calgary dentist encourages everyone at all stages of their life to take care of their teeth. To make your appointment with our Calgary dentist as convenient as possible, we offer early morning, evening, and week-end appointments to fit your and your family’s busy schedules. Call us today at 403.283.4252. It would be our Calgary dentist’s privilege to be your and your family’s lifelong partner in your dental health!