What’s the most important aspect of dentistry: aesthetics or restoration? Actually, it’s neither one. Dr. Samantha Amaro, your dentist in Scarborough, ON, says it’s preventive dentistry–those habits such as brushing, flossing and eating right. And, it includes 6-month examinations and hygienic cleanings at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry because a smile that’s maintained needs less restorative work, such as fillings and crowns. It just naturally looks better, too.
Keep your appointment with your family dentist in Scarborough
Dr. Amaro likes to see her patients semi-annually for exams and cleanings. What’s so magical about going to the dentist every 6-months? Actually, there’s no magic to it at all. Science shows that dental decay and gum disease are preventable, or at least mitigated to a great extent, when your dentist in Scarborough, ON checks for decay and cleans plaque from your teeth and gums every 6 months.
Once these 2 oral health conditions begin, they are treatable, of course, but why not avoid the expense and discomfort of dental work if possible? Plus, untreated gum disease only worsens, leading to tooth loss and big overall health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that tooth loss has decreased from the 1970s until now, attributable to the improvement in availability of dental services. Unfortunately, people continue to suffer tooth loss and its associated problems with smile aesthetics, tooth, jaw and gum integrity and overall health. The Institute concludes that either people don’t have access to routine dental treatments or simply don’t take advantage of them. The conclusion? See your dentist as recommended if at all possible.
What happens at a routine appointment?
At a routine dental appointment, your hygienist will scale your teeth to remove plaque and hard tartar that build up even with the best of brushing and flossing habits. This bacteria-filled biofilm actually eats away at tooth enamel, leading to cavities, and infects and deteriorates gum tissue. So, it’s important to remove it on a regular basis. For most people every 6 months is good. Some people who are prone to decay and gum disease may need cleanings more frequently. Your family dentist in Scarborough, ON will tell you what’s best for your oral health.
In addition, Dr. Amaro will carefully examine your teeth, looking for:
- Proper bite
- Gum disease
- Jaw development
- Oral cancer ( a prevalent and deadly disease with a good cure rate if detected early)
- Any problems with restorations already in the mouth–fillings, crowns, and so on
Dr. Amaro also takes digital x-rays when needed to visualize roots and bone structure. She may advise plastic sealants to protect molars from decay or simple fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel.
Schedule your 6-month appointment
At White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Amaro and her staff would rather see you more often than less often. It’s a simple equation: 6-month checkups and cleanings + good at- home hygiene habits = healthy smiles.
Contact the office staff today for your appointment. We have convenient times available 6 days a week!