Dental Hygienists And Preventive Dentistry In Hamilton And Stoney Creek

 

Your teeth survive best in an environment that is clean and free from harmful foods. Oral health is connected to the health of your body as a whole because our mouth is the breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Our dentists, dental hygienists and dental professionals at Dentistry on Queenston in Hamilton believe that prevention is the best medicine. Our preventative program helps you avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and more. At your first visit, your hygienist will provide hygiene instructions and review the progress during subsequent visits. We also provide sealants and wisdom tooth extraction services. Preventative dentistry helps everyone because it allows children to have their adult teeth to come strong and healthy and helps adults keep their real teeth.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are placed between teeth to keep them free from things that can cause cavities and diseases in your mouth. Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth or molars. Dental sealants form a barrier that protects teeth and prevents food and bacteria from getting trapped there. Please ask us to know more about sealants. Because most cavities in children develop in the molars, it is best to get these teeth sealed as soon as they come in. 

The short process of applying dental sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. After the tooth is cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface for a few seconds. The tooth is then washed off and dried. Then, the dental sealant is painted on the tooth. Dental sealants can only be seen up close. Dental sealants can be clear, white or slightly tinted and are usually not visible when a patient talks or smiles. 

Our Preventative Dentistry Program

For many people the one health care provider they see more than any other health care provider is their dentist. And there’s a good reason for that – general dentistry is uniquely focused on the prevention of disease. Preventative dentistry helps everyone because it allows children to have their adult teeth to come strong and healthy and helps adults keep their real teeth. It is estimated that nearly 65% of all dental procedures are either diagnostic or preventive.

 

At Dentistry on Queenston in Hamilton and Stoney Creek our dentists and dental hygienists also believe that prevention is better than cure when it comes to preserving our patients' smiles. By putting a strong emphasis on oral health and hygiene, we help you avoid the progression of oral diseases so that you don’t have to go through suffering and pain and lose time at work or school. In other words, regular brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist for regular checkups (including diagnostic images such as x-rays) are better than fillings, extractions and implants.

 

Our preventative dentistry program is designed to prevent new cavities, manage tooth-related diseases, and preserve your natural and restored teeth. During your visit to Dentistry on Queenston, your dentist and hygienist will:

  • Examine your teeth and gums to ensure they are in good shape

  • Spot serious health problems early and treat them

  • Demonstrate to you how to brush and floss your teeth properly

  • Professionally clean your teeth and remove any debris which can contribute to cavities and gum disease.

Instructions To Improve At-home Oral Hygiene For A Healthy And Bright Smile

Proper Brushing

There are different ways to brush your teeth. Talk to your dentist about the best technique for you. Remember to:

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste - after breakfast and before bedtime. This is the most important part of preventative dentistry. If you can brush after lunch or after sweet snacks, that's even better

  • Brush all your teeth (not just the front ones) and every exposed tooth surface

  • Use a gentle, massaging circular and short back-and-forth stroke motion

  • Brush for at least 2 to 3 minutes each time your brush

  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush - It's written on the package of the brush whether it is soft, medium or hard

  • Avoid brushing too hard - brush gently along your gum line

  • Lightly brush your tongue to help keep your mouth clean and breath fresh

  • Change your toothbrush every three months

  • Never share your toothbrush or use someone else’s toothbrush

If you have arthritis or other conditions that may makes it difficult for you to hold and use a toothbrush, you may:

  • Use an electric or battery-operated toothbrush

  • Put a foam tube over the handle of your toothbrush

  • Use a toothbrush with a larger handle

  • Attach the toothbrush handle to your hand with an elastic band 

Proper Flossing

  • Floss and clean between your teeth daily - helps to keep the tight spaces between teeth clean by removing plaque and leftover food

Flossing cleans between your teeth and below the gum line, areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. If you don’t floss, up to 35% of your tooth surface is not cleaned. It’s recommended that you floss at least once a day. If you don't know how to floss your teeth, it is good time to learn! Our friendly dental staff will be glad to help. 

Proper Oral Habits

To keep your teeth healthy and free from disease, you should:

  • Avoid sugary foods including soft and sticky sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time

  • Drink lots of water. It prevents dehydration and dry mouth, and dilutes the acid produced by cavity-causing bacteria. If the water is fluoridated, it is highly beneficial for maintaining healthy teeth including fewer cavities, less severe cavities, less need for fillings and teeth removal, and less pain and suffering because of tooth decay

  • Avoid carbonated and "sport" drinks

  • Refrain from smoking

  • Eat a healthy balanced diet - provides nutrients your teeth need

    • Fruits and vegetables are very important in maintaining good oral health. Salads are ideal because chewing raw vegetables stimulates the secretion of saliva, which helps to wash acid and food remnants from the mouth​

    • Nuts are also good. Their low carbohydrate content reduces the risk of cavities. Nuts are also rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins that are important for maintaining overall health

    • Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are protein and calcium rich. Calcium is critical for the development and maintenance of healthy teeth and periodontal tissue

    • Lean meat, eggs, legumes and green leafy vegetables (for example, spinach) are also excellent sources of calcium and helpful in building strong teeth and maintain good oral health

  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco

  • Limit consumption of drinks that can cause surface stains such as red wine, coffee and tea

Using Sealants

Dental sealants are placed between teeth to keep them free from things that can cause cavities and diseases in your mouth. Ask your Hamilton family dentist about dental sealants. Dental sealants are another good way to help avoid a cavity. 

Toothbrush Care

  • Do not share your toothbrush with other. Sharing your toothbrush with others places you at an increased risk for infections, particularly if you have compromised immune system or infectious diseases

  • After brushing, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water to remove toothpaste and debris, and allow it to air-dry, and store it in an upright position. If there are other toothbrushes in the holder, do not allow them to touch each other

  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles appear worn or splayed

  • It is not necessary to soak your toothbrush in disinfecting solution or mouthwash. 

  • It is not necessary to use dishwashers, microwaves, or ultraviolet devices to disinfect toothbrushes

  • Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container because a humid environment is more conducive to bacterial growth than the open air

Please see your dentist, if brushing or flossing causes your gums to bleed or hurts your mouth. Visit your dentist regularly - regular cleanings and exams help identify any problems and take care of them quickly. ​Taking care of your teeth and gums is especially important if you:

  • have diabetes

  • have cancer

  • are an older adult

  • are pregnant

 

Need to book a hygiene appointment? Please call us at (905) 561-7310, visit our dental office in Hamilton or just complete the online form.

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Monday:        10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday:        10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday:  10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday:      10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday:            10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday:         9:00 am - 2:00 pm

700 Queenston Road, Unit 7

Hamilton, ON L8G 1A3

T: 905-561-7310

F: 905-561-0505

E: dentist@dentistryonqueenston.com

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