Preventative Education & Personalized Care
Prevention is the first step in maintaining good oral health care. We want to facilitate in conjunction with you, as a team, to maintain your best oral health. This includes regular three, four or six month hygiene and recall exam visits, as well as regular home care routine.
To assist you in what we believe in to maintain your oral health, below are frequently asked questions regarding regular home care practice, preventive education, personalized care, regular hygiene and recall exam visits.
Through the use of state-of-the-art digital radiography, we can monitor the health of your mouth, jaw and neighboring structures. Our digital sensors and panoramic machine increase your comfort when radiographs are taken. An image instantly comes up on our monitor and together, Dr. Joyce and you can look at it and discuss any findings. The use of these images, when deemed necessary, are priceless, as they give us information that sight, symptoms and feeling alone cannot provide.
Capturing digital photographs of the face and mouth help us not only in treatment planning, but also give us a valuable record we could not obtain another way. A visual documentation of your face, teeth and oral tissues become crucial over time, allowing us to rely on something other than written documents or memory alone to monitor any changes. The mouth is also a difficult place for you to see with the naked eye, so these images can bring to life and authenticate what we discuss with you.
For these reasons, image records of your health are invaluable to you, our office, as well as other partners in your care.
Home Care & FAQs
How often should I be coming in for hygiene and recall exams?
- We recommend regular six month hygiene and recall exams. However, each individual is
different and depending on the wellbeing of your oral health we may recommend three or four month regular hygiene visits with alternating recall exams.
How often should I be brushing and flossing?
- We suggest brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Of course, additional
brushing and flossing is always ideal.
- Using a soft or extra soft bristle toothbrush is recommended. Anything harder than a soft can
irritate your gums and cause the gums to recede.
- Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
- Using the right floss is important, therefore choosing floss that does not shred is more valuable
for your oral health.
- You may notice that your gums may bleed once you begin to floss. This should go away within a
week, if it doesn’t let us know so that we can make sure there are no underlying issues.
- Technique is also important when brushing and flossing. We incorporate this in your regular
hygiene and recall visit to give you the best outcome for your oral health.
What type of toothpaste should I be using?
- The particular brand of toothpaste is not a concern, but we recommend using fluoridated
toothpaste with a seal of recognition from the Canadian Dental Association. Fluoride aids in remineralization, which strengthens enamel in demineralized areas.
How often should I be having x-rays taken?
- Typically, we take x-rays once every 18 months on adults and once every year on children. Dental x-rays offer minimal radiation exposure and are the only way Dr. Joyce can see any underlying issues in between your teeth and below your gums.
What are periodontal pockets and how do they affect me?
- Periodontal pockets surround your teeth between your tooth and your gum. We measure below
your gum in millimetres (mm), record the number and reassess at every appointment. Anything below 3 mm we do not worry about as this is considered within normal limits. As your periodontal pocket increases, we begin to become concerned because this can affect the bone support surrounding your tooth. We monitor this, reassess your periodontal oral health status, and discuss with you the situation regarding your oral health with what we can do as a team to help you.
Why do I have bad breath?
- Bad breath can occur from many different situations with one being the bacteria in your mouth.
This is why regular brushing your teeth and tongue, flossing and regular hygiene appointments are important to remove the bacteria as much as possible to prevent the bad breath.
What is the Velscope and how often should it be used?
- The Velscope is a new piece of technology that we incorporate in our hygiene and recall
appointments once a year. This technology is a way of detecting any soft tissue abnormalities inside your mouth. The Velscope is able to pick up any abnormalities before we are able to see them.
How should I care for my baby’s teeth?
- This starts before your child is even born. It is important to keep care of your teeth while you
are pregnant so that you can avoid passing the bacteria on to the baby.
- Once the baby is born you may use a soft cloth to wipe the gums.
- After the first tooth erupts, use a soft infant toothbrush with children’s fluoride toothpaste to
brush the baby’s tooth and the following teeth that erupt.
- Your baby’s first dental visit should be six months after the first tooth erupts, at approximately
the age of one. If you notice any spots on their teeth prior to this, make an appointment with Dr.
Joyce for a dental exam.
- Here are some websites that you may visit on caring for your baby’s teeth.