Daily brushing and flossing is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but it doesn’t take care of everything! It’s very important to come into Hammond Dental Centre for regular hygiene visits. These appointments provide your teeth and gums with a thorough cleaning, inspection, and preventative maintenance.
During these appointments, we will "scale" your teeth — removing tartar build-up — and polish the surface — removing minor stains. You may also receive a fluoride treatment to help fight decay.
But these visits are more than simply a professional cleaning — they are a key part of preventative maintenance. The visits provide an opportunity for us to tell you if you are brushing and flossing correctly, and examine your teeth and gums for potential problems.
If your teeth require restorative work, it's important to find out as soon as possible in order to prevent the decay from spreading.
It's also important to have your gums inspected, because periodontal disease (gum disease) can lead to serious health problems — including heart attacks.
Regular hygiene visits allow Dr. Townshend, Dr. Albert, Dr. Khouri and their team to spot problems and take action immediately — preventing the issues from getting worse.
Watch the videos below to learn more about oral hygiene
Q: How often should I come in to Hammond Dental Centre for a hygiene visit?
A: It is generally recommended that you visit us twice per year for a hygiene visit. This allows us to monitor the state of your teeth as gums, as well as provide a thorough cleaning For patients with active periodontal disease, we often see them at 3-4 month intervals to help control the disease.
Q: I thought fluoride was just for kids. Do adults need fluoride treatments?
A: Fluoride is one of the minerals that builds up the enamel of your teeth, keeping them strong and helping to prevent tooth decay. It is a natural element — found in meat, fish and eggs — and is often added to municipal water sources.
Children are given fluoride treatments to protect their still-developing teeth, but the treatments are beneficial to adult teeth, as well.
Talk to your hygienist at your next visit about the benefits of fluoride, and the different varieties available.
Q: Does my dental insurance cover hygiene visits? How many per year?
A: Most insurance plans do cover hygiene visits, but different plans cover different numbers of annual visits. We would be happy to help you understand what your plan covers. Please ask us at your next appointment.