Preventive Dentistry in North Vancouver, BC
At Pier Dental Centre, we proudly offer a full suite of services, including preventive dentistry. From cleanings to protective sealants that prevent cavities, our goal is to help keep your smile in tip-top shape to help you avoid more costly, complex dental treatments down the road. Overdue for your biannual dental visit? Contact our office to schedule your appointment!
The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
There’s a popular saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It basically means that taking preventive steps can save you a lot of time and money in the future. Preventive dentistry is geared towards helping people maintain healthy smiles and keep larger, more serious dental issues from occurring. Preventive care can safeguard your smile from bacteria, gum disease, and so much more!
Teeth Cleanings & Exams
According to the American Dental Association, everyone should visit the dentist twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning. Biannual appointments are a key part of maintaining great oral health. Our team thoroughly cleans your teeth and examines your smile to catch any dental problems while they’re still small.
Root Scaling & Planing
Root scaling and planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is for patients with gum disease. We clean your teeth, remove any plaque and tartar at or below the gum line, and smooth out the gums so that they fit tightly around your teeth to prevent more buildup.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens tooth enamel. While fluoride is often found in tap water and toothpaste, sometimes patients’ smiles need an extra boost. After your cleaning and exam, we can quickly brush fluoride on your teeth and you’re good to go!
The chewing surfaces of teeth have natural grooves. While it’s completely normal to have them, they can be quite popular breeding grounds for bad bacteria and food debris. Dental sealants are long-lasting coatings that cover the grooves to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Oral Cancer Screenings
At your biannual visits, we conduct a visual exam of your neck, throat, mouth, and cheeks to check for any signs of cancer. While it may sound scary, the earlier cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat, which is why oral cancer screenings are so important.