Dr. Cam Crawford BSc (Hons), DDS
Dr. Joel Davis BSc, DDS FRCD(C)

Maple Leaf Dentistry
A trip to the dentist keeps your teeth happy

A trip to the dentist keeps your teeth happy

There are certain people who are extremely diligent about visiting their family dentist. Other people however, appreciate the friendly phone calls reminding them that they are due for their next check-up. A vital part of good oral hygiene is visiting your dentist on a regular basis. Daily flossing and brushing will also greatly compliment your routine.

When you visit your dentist, the doctor and hygiene staff conducts an oral exam, check your teeth, and typically take x-rays in order to detect any issues with your gums and teeth. These are an important part of your dental health as many dental concerns do not cause pain or are not visible until they are in the advanced stages and at this point, you may need a major dental procedure to correct the problem.

For most people, visiting a dentist every 6 months or twice a year, generally works well. In certain instances, you may be required to visit more often. For example, if you are prone to plaque build-up or cavities, if you are susceptible to bacterial infection, if you are a diabetic or a smoker or if you have an issue with gum disease, you may be required to visit your dentist 3 or more times a year in order to effectively manage the condition.

Brushing your teeth 2 or 3 times a day, along with regular flossing, helps to remove any stains left behind by red wine, tomato sauce, tea, coffee or food particles that get trapped between your teeth. Poor brushing habits enable trapped food to accumulate. This can lead to gum disease or tooth decay, or even more serious problems. While properly flossing and brushing your teeth controls plaque, it is important to have your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office to remove plaque build-up. Plaque is responsible for encouraging the growth of harmful bacteria that leads to periodontal or gum disease, an infection of the tissue that holds your teeth in place. This can cause your teeth to loosen and can fall out and is also linked to strokes and heart attacks.