A regular dental check-up is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health in addition to brushing and flossing.
At Polar Dental, our dentists and staff are able to detect oral health problems that you may overlook on your own, and are equipped with the necessary tools required for properly diagnosing the status of your oral health such as instruments that can clean and detect plaque or debris below the gum line below it is allowed to evolve into painful gum disease.
X-rays also allow our dentists to detect cavities and problems in the root or bone structure of the tooth in its earliest stages to that it may be treated without further complications.
Some oral health problems are not always accompanied by the tell tale warning signs such as pain or inflammation. That is why it is imperative to your oral health that you visit us here at Polar Dental for regular check-up and cleaning to make sure your oral health stays on track keeping your smile healthy and radiant.
Even patients who brush and floss every day are not capable of seeing all the parts of their own mouth. Below we have provided a list of things that our Polar Dental professionals can see that you yourself cannot:
Most patients will require a dental check-up once every six months. However, dental treatment is dependent on the individual needs of each patient. For example, depending on the state of your oral health, your dentist may advise more than two visits a year for a dental check-up. Patients with periodontal disease may require a check-up and cleaning every three months to ensure that the gums remain healthy and free from infection.
A dental check-up will consist of some or all of the following:
Polar Dental will be able to successfully identify and problems that may affect your oral or general health. Problems that are detected within the earlier stages can be treated right away to prevent the issue from evolving into a more serious complication.
Dental cleaning not only ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy and free from decay and plaque, but they also allow your Polar Dental professional to detect and remove buildup that may occur underneath the gum line and in areas not accessible to your toothbrush. Cleanings make your teeth and filling smooth so that plaque and tartar will have a harder time sticking and accumulating on your teeth and gums.
Plaque is a colourless film that naturally builds up on the surfaces of the tooth's enamel. When plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, it hardens and forms into tartar(also known as calculus). Proper cleaning in a dental office is the only way to safely and effectively remove tartar as tartar cannot be removed with a toothbrush. If tartar is left on the teeth, it will irritate the gums causing painful inflammation, irritation, bleeding and the formation of pus pockets all of which are signs of gum disease. Regular cleanings also effectively remove stains keeping your teeth radiant and white.
Our governing College, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has advised dentists that they strongly recommend that all non-essential and elective dental services should be suspended immediately. Public safety is our number one concern. We need to put our patients’ interests and the safety of the community, first. Ontario has declared a state of emergency, and the Canadian government is strongly urging all Canadians to practice social distancing.
Dental hygiene services in a time of a "pandemic" are not considered emergency or essential services. Our College has advised that we postpone all appointments for Hygiene scaling/cleanings until further notice. We may however, be open for EMERGENCIES. We ask that you call one of our offices to schedule this, and to be pre-screened.
What is the definition of an essential service?
In dentistry, a “true emergency situation” includes oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding or pain which cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we are here for you and want to help. Please call our offices to speak with one of our representatives who will be able to screen and advise you accordingly. CONSULTATIONS OVER THE PHONE will be available with the Doctor, if needed.
This strong recommendation to suspend non-essential services, is being followed in interest of the public, our patients and our Team. We all need to act in a socially responsible manner. The College will revisit this recommendation in the first week of April. We will continue to keep you up to date.
Stay safe, and healthy.
Drs. Jim Argyropoulos, Robert Polese, Ari Voudouris & Associates