This page provides information to Canadians about preventive treatments for their teeth.
Preventive treatment refers to check-ups (examinations and cleanings)
and minor restorative treatment. Taking care of your teeth can eliminate
the need for any major treatment or dental complications. It is therefore
important that you take full advantage of preventive treatment benefits.
Why are dental check-ups important?
Regular dentist visits are important for adults and children alike because
of early detection. During check-ups, dentists will identify any problems
or early warning signs of dental or gum problems. These include, but are
not limited to:
According to the Canadian Dental Association,
nine out of every ten Canadians will suffer from gum disease during their
lifetime. However, the need for periodontal work can be prevented if gum
disease is treated early.
While you may feel the pain of cavities on your own, there are many you
cannot see or feel. A dentist will detect cavities under pre-existing
fillings, as well as root cavities.
Compacted Wisdom Teeth
Because wisdom teeth often over-crowd the mouth, many adults must have
them removed. Failure to remove compacted wisdom teeth often results in
food accumulation underneath the teeth, resulting in gum disease.
Despite regular brushing and flossing, plaque still accumulates along
the gum line and in hard-to-reach places. Hardened plaque becomes tartar,
which can cause the gums to separate from the teeth, and develop bacteria-filled
pockets. Because accumulated tartar can ultimately result in tooth loss,
a dentist must remove the tartar before any permanent damage is made.
Learn more about these dental problems and tips for caring
for your teeth.