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General Dentistry & Prevention

toothbrushKelowna Dental Centre offers all aspects of general dentistry with a focus on prevention. As a new patient of Kelowna Dental Centre you will receive a Comprehensive Exam that consists of our Doctors and clinical staff  looking not only at your teeth, but also examining your gums and bone, your bite and jaw joint, as well has how your teeth actually fit in your face so that all oral conditions are identified.  Then, our patients are educated on not just how to treat these conditions but more importantly, why these conditions are occurring and what we must do to prevent them. General Dentistry treatment modalities are used to treat any active oral conditions and/or disease, in  conjunction with prescribed  professional cleanings at regular intervals, together with professionally applied fluoride applications and other essential preventative techniques.

Prevention

What are some common dental issues a general dentist addresses?

Kelowna Dental Centre can help you achieve optimal oral health with services ranging from prevention, gum disease (periodontics) to root canals (endodontics) alignment (orthodontics) to oral surgery and replacement of missing teeth. We can address cosmetic concerns, with services such as teeth whitening and veneers.

Why do I need a general dentist?

Seeing a general dentist regularly will help you maintain good oral health, as well as detect any potential problems before they become serious. Early detection and prevention helps to limit pain and suffering as well as fees.

Moreover, the mouth is the gateway to the body. There is a proven connection between oral health and many conditions throughout the body including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, bone loss premature and low-birth babies and even erectile dysfunction.

How often should I see a general dentist?

Science indicates scheduling routine checkups and cleanings at least twice a year is best.
Serious problems may be exist without pain or obvious symptoms to alert you. Conditions in the mouth can change quickly and regular visits will ensure early detection and intervention.

If you have underlying conditions or disease, our dental professionals will let you know if you need additional appointments or treatments.

Teeth Cleaning

How much does a teeth cleaning cost?

For new patients to our practice, the doctor will do a comprehensive exam including photos and radiographs. Then the hygienist will clean your teeth to remove any build-up of tartar and plaque from your teeth and at the gum line, polish your teeth, and apply a preventative fluoride treatment. How much a teeth cleaning costs depends on your particular dental situation and the extent of the plaque and tartar that needs to be removed.

Once we have an idea of your oral health and home care habits, we are better able to estimate your needs and therefore the fees for future visits.

Does a professional cleaning whiten teeth?

A professional teeth cleaning will remove stains and your teeth will appear whiter; however, if you are looking for a dramatic change, at Kelowna Dental Centre, we offer teeth-whitening services that can give you a dramatically whiter smile quickly and affordably.

What at-home teeth-cleaning products are the best?

Our doctors at Kelowna Dental Centre recommend looking for dental products with the Canadian Dental Association’s (CDA) Seal of Acceptance. Pick toothpaste with fluoride in it to fight cavities. Your rinse should also have fluoride and bacteria-fighting properties.

Pediatric Dentistry

Does my child need to see a children’s dentist regularly?

Yes. You see your dentist regularly, and so should your child. Regular visits to a children’s dentist can help your little ones avoid the pain and discomfort caused by cavities and decay, and can help them establish good oral hygiene habits that will help maintain excellent lifelong oral health.

How often should my child visit the children’s dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should see a children’s dentist at least twice a year, starting six months after the first tooth emerges.

When will my baby start getting teeth?

Teeth begin to emerge between the ages of 6 months and 10 months. The two front-lower incisors usually break through first.

Hygiene Services

How often should I visit the office to maintain good dental hygiene?

The best practice based on scientific findings is to schedule two routine visits each year in order to prevent decay and maintain optimal oral health.

Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see a dentist regularly. Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don't become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. Examples include cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Regular visits allow your dentist to find early signs of disease so problems can be treated at a manageable stage.

Your dentist may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and so on.

Ask yourself the following questions:

• Do I floss every day?
• Do I brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and follow my dentist's instructions on how to brush properly?
• Do I eat a well-balanced diet, including food from all food groups, and limit sweets and sticky foods?
• Do I smoke?
• Do I have a history of cavities or gum disease?
• Is my overall health good?
• Is my stress level high?
• Do I have systemic diseases including diabetes, or a weakened immune system?
• Am I pregnant or using oral contraceptives (increased risk of gum disease)
• Do my gums bleed when I clean my teeth? Are they tender, swollen or red?

Timing of dentist visits should not be driven by your benefits package, if you have one. Some patients may need treatment every four months, but their coverage is every nine months, but it is not wise to let insurance dictate treatment.

What services are performed at a scheduled check-up and cleaning?

Services your hygienist will perform during your cleaning include:
• A review of your dental and medical history
• An oral cancer screening
• An evaluation of your overall oral health
• Radiographs (Bitewings, periapical and panoramic available) to detect decay or disease
Photographs of smile, bite, tooth alignment, shade
DIAGNOdent screening for early caries detection (tests the density / softness of your enamel)
• Removal of stains, plaque, and tartar
Periodontal Probing - A measure of your tissue pockets to assess your gum and bone health
• A fluoride application
• Sealants / assessment of the need for sealants
• Polishing of all teeth
• A treatment plan of any areas of concerns by priority
• Estimates of needed treatment
• Referrals to specialists if indicated
• A predetermination of treatment coverage for insurance
• A goodie bag including a new toothbrush, tooth paste, floss sample
• At-home oral health education and instruction

Additional services available during this appointment
Orthodontics consultation if needed
• In-office whitening
• 3 Dimensional Cone Beam (CBCT) Diagnostic Imaging

How can I maintain good dental hygiene at home?

You don’t have a skilled hygienist to help you maintain your oral health on a daily basis, but by brushing and rinsing at least twice a day and flossing daily, your at-home oral hygiene routine can keep your teeth and gums healthy between your routine dental visits. Our care team will make any recommendations during your routine check-up and professional cleaning (such as a fluoride rinse or particular toothpaste) that will benefit your particular needs.

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Digital Radiographs

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Sealants

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