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Your health and happiness is connected to your teeth. From eating to a beautiful smile, your teeth mean so much to you. Our hygiene program is here to provide you with the best dental care. We focus on the best hygiene experience so that every time you visit you leave feeling happier and healthier.

What to expect at your dental hygiene visit.

Your cleaning appointment is a great opportunity for us to make sure your teeth are healthy and to answer any questions or concerns you are having. At the start of your appointment our team will take necessary x-rays with our digital sensors so that we can see if anything is going on with your teeth. We make sure to only take x-rays that we need in order to give you a thorough exam and to keep you healthy. If it’s your first visit, we may always evaluate your gum health and see if you have any bleeding gums, bone loss, gum recession or any gum disease. At every appointment your hygiene team will scale (clean) your teeth to remove plaque and finish by polishing your teeth.

Do you recommend Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found commonly in tap water and toothpaste to help prevent decay. It can strengthen your teeth and make it harder for acidic food and beverages to take leach minerals out of your teeth. This is why your hygiene team will recommend a fluoride varnish at your cleaning appointment.

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Prevention

Sealants

Sealants are a preventive measure to protect deep grooves in teeth from having food stuck and causing decay to form. This prevention can avoid future dental treatment and need for fillings. After your teeth are cleaned, sealants can be applied easily to protect the teeth especially in the back.

Oral Cancer Screenings

The dentist and dental team are an ideal place for oral cancer screenings. At your first visit with us and all routine cleanings we will do oral cancer screenings to check for any signs or symptoms that you may not have noted on your own. If you are concerned about anything unusual in or around the mouth, you can contact us to book an appointment.

Why does going to the dentist on a regular basis matter?

It may not be your favourite thing to do but going to the dentist regularly can be really beneficial! Even with good at-home brushing and flossing a visit to your hygiene team is needed. The hygienist can remove plaque that you may not even be able to reach or remove yourself. If left too long, plaque can lead to cavities, gingivitis and even bone loss around your teeth. More importantly, at these visits your team will check for any signs and symptoms of oral cancer, jaw issues or other head and neck conditions. X-rays can also be taken at these visits to detect decay, infection and other issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. Getting regular x-rays helps catch things before they become problems. Keeping up with your routine cleanings will also help keep your mouth healthy and clean.

Your medical health and your teeth

Did you know that your medical health is closely related to your dental health. For example, heart disease and high blood pressure have been linked with gum disease. Meanwhile, osteoporosis can also have a significant effect on your teeth and jaw bones as they may be more fragile. Diabetes can also have a negative effect on your gum health and as such more frequent visits are recommended with certain medical conditions.

Premedication

Some medical conditions such as a heart valve or joint replacement may require you to take medications before your dental visit. In cases such as these, our team will coordinate with you and your doctor to make sure you have the right medications available before your appointment.

Dry mouth

Some medications and genetic conditions can make it more likely for you to experience dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition where your glands do not make enough saliva. Saliva helps protect your teeth against bacteria, enhances your ability to taste, digest and chew foods. A lack of good saliva can lead to decay progressing faster and other gum issues. It is important to let us know of any medications that you may be taking. Also, if you change any medications, keeping us up-to-date can be very helpful. In addition, Biotene is a solution that helps relieve dryness and pain associated with dry mouth. Biotene is a man-made alternative to natural saliva and mimics its properties such as pH level. If you are experience dry mouth, talk to our team and we can help you find options to help with dry mouth.

Role of different foods and water in tooth decay

Foods that are sugary, sticky, acidic and chewy can lead to tooth decay alongside plaque stuck around your teeth. By limiting these kinds of foods, you can reduce the likelihood of tooth decay and need for dental treatment. Also, drinking water has many health benefits including making your dental health better. Drinking water can fight dry mouth, get rid of food stuck between teeth after meals and even strengthen teeth if there is fluoride in the water.

Sugar alternatives like Xylitol

Xylitol is a great alternative to table sugar as it tastes like sugar with fewer calories and can actually get rid of some of the bacteria in your mouth. Chewing xylitol gum can improve your dental health and help prevent tooth decay. Also, it will not increase your blood sugar level which is great for your overall health.

Smoking and teeth

Smoking in general has been linked to many health problems including oral health. Smoking causes bad breath, staining on teeth, build-up in between your teeth, gum disease and even oral cancer. It is important to note that smoking is a very addictive habit and hard to quit on your own. If you are considering quitting our team is here to help you. We can help you manage cravings and guide you through the process in order to make it easier for you in a judgment-free environment.

Brushing and flossing at home

The most important things you can do for your oral health outside of a dental practice is good brushing and flossing twice daily. These two habits alone can prevent a lot of teeth problems and need for dental treatment. Using the right techniques you can effectively clean your teeth, gums, tongue and mouth. Your hygiene team is here to help you choose the right toothbrush (manual or electric), toothpaste, floss and mouthwash.

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We are proud to invite you to our Dental Practice located in Brantford, at the central location of North Park Rd. and Charing Cross St. Dr. Saj, as his patients affectionately call him, started his own practice in Brantford with a goal of providing quality dental care to his patients. His emphasis on patient comfort as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry enable him to provide his patients with the best quality of care in the field.

Dr. Arora holds Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from New York University College of Dentistry. He works with pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. Beyond general restorative procedures, he is experienced in periodontal treatment of gums, root canal treatments, surgical and non-surgical extractions, crowns and bridges and restoration of implant supported crowns.

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