Professional Cleanings & Kids Dental Care
Gentle Cleaning Service to Assure Good Oral Health
Have you ever wondered why the Canadian, Australian and American Dental Association’s recommended that patients have a dental check up every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.
Dental checkups on a regular basis where you have your teeth professionally cleaned and a routine exam, help spot early signs of gum infections. Gum disease can occur at any age, but is most common among adults and since it is usually painless, you may not know you have it. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis and can eventually lead to tooth loss and other health problems such as heart disease, stroke and preterm pregnancy’s and/ or low birth weights.
At Westcoast International, we offer the most gentle cleaning service to assure good oral health. We use Western protocol’s for cleaning teeth following guidelines from the American Association of Periodontists. We suggest an exam at least once a year for most clients and for those with braces every 3 months. This procedure when done properly can prevent serious health problems and detect any anomalies in your mouth.
We pay special attention to plaque and tartar build up as it can develop in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth, irritate the gum tissue and can easily lead to gum disease. The cleaning and polishing will also remove tea, coffee and tobacco stains to leave you with a whiter and brighter smile.
Don’t be surprised if we also examine your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints for any signs of mishaps (TMJs). Remember, by seeing a dentist on a regular basis and following good daily oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth, gums and your overall conditions healthy.
Kids Dental Care
Baby teeth are also important for retaining adequate space for adult teeth to grow into. Keeping your children’s teeth healthy and strong is essential in the prevention of pain, infection and helping your child to eat normally. The most asked question we frequently hear from parents is “At what age should I start to take my child to the dentist?” The answer advised by American Pediatric Dentists is as soon as the first tooth appears, or no later than his/ her first birthday.
At Westcoast International, we think that it is far more effective to be pro-active rather than re-active when discussing the health of our little family member’s mouths. Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be a relaxed, pleasant, experience, not when they have fallen down and hit their face on the side of the pool or at the play ground! If that happens they will naturally associate pain and fear with their dental experiences in the future.
We are experts in making your child’s visits at Westcoast International enjoyable and fun while at the same time practice necessary education on dental hygiene. Whether it’s the first visit or a visit as a teenager, we focus on preventative dentistry, helping your child avoid a life with crooked teeth or a crowded smile.
When making first dental appointments for children, the following recommendations are encouraged:
- Do inform your child that you have made an appointment at the dentist.
- If questions arise, calmly discuss that it is a special privilege we have to attend a dentist. The dentist can be portrayed as a fun treat.
- Do not try to bribe them to be good. E.g. “If you are good I will get you the truck you wanted.”
Upon arrival, make sure you mention to our front office staff that this is his/ her first time visiting a dentist. Our clinics are fully equipped with toys, other play items and cartoons are shown. All of which will help entertain them while their waiting to see the dentist. When it comes time for them to go in, be positive and go in with them.
Also, do not force your kids if they refuse to sit in the chair or open their mouth. During this time, you can have a chat with the dentist and perhaps get some advice on how to look after their teeth, this way they can get used to a dental environment.