Preventive Dentistry – Ottawa, ON
Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
When your smile feels perfectly fine, you might think that there’s no need to see the dentist. However, what you may not realize is that tooth decay and gum disease often develop silently, meaning they don’t cause obvious symptoms until they reach their more advanced stages. Regular dental checkups and other types of preventive care can lower the risk of small dental issues turning into larger ones. Call Smyth Dental Centre today if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for yourself or anyone else in your family.
Why Choose Smyth Dental Centre for Preventive Dentistry?
- You See the Same Dentist at Each Appointment
- Staff Members That Speak English and French
- Privately Owned Dental Practice
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Even people who do a great job of brushing and flossing thoroughly every day still need to visit their dentist at least two times a year for checkups and cleanings. Our team can check for problems that you may not have caught on your own so that proper measures can be taken to protect your smile from more extensive harm. We’ll also remove any plaque and tartar we find, and sometimes we might suggest improvements you can make to your oral hygiene routine.
Dentistry for Kids
Our team enjoys taking care of children and their smiles. In addition to regular checkups and cleanings, we also offer dental sealants, pulp therapy, and other services that are typically suitable for younger patients. We encourage you to let us know if you have any questions about your child’s dental development and what treatments they might need in the future.
Is your little one anxious about visiting the dentist’s office? We can help make their visits more relaxing with safe, comfortable sedation dentistry.
Gum Disease Treatment
Have you noticed that your gums look oddly swollen or tend to bleed easily lately? You may have gingivitis – the earliest stage of gum disease. You need to act quickly to have your gum disease treated before it can turn into a serious threat to your oral health. Our practice offers scaling and root planing, laser periodontal therapy, and antibiotic therapy as potential solutions for addressing gum disease symptoms and preventing them from growing worse.
Research has shown that frequent exposure to fluoride helps strengthen enamel, thus making teeth less prone to cavities. Our team may suggest a fluoride treatment as part of your next routine appointment. This service is normally recommended for children, but there are many cases where adults can also benefit from it. The process is very simple and can be completed in a few minutes, making it an easy way to give your teeth better protection.
A dental sealant is essentially a protective coating for the chewing surface of a given tooth. We normally recommend sealants for younger children who are still getting the hang of brushing. By applying sealants to your little one’s molars, we can significantly reduce their risk for cavities. It’s typically recommended that your child get sealants as soon as their molars come in. (The first molars should erupt around age 6, and the second molars should appear around age 12.)
Athletic Mouthguards / Sportsguards
Plenty of people love playing sports, but a sudden accident that results in a dental injury can put a quick stop to the fun. Wearing a mouthguard is essential for keeping teeth safe from sports-related injuries. The appliance will cushion your smile from impact, which keeps any damage to your teeth and gums to a minimum. Mouthguards can be bought over the counter, but the ones we offer fit more comfortably on the teeth because they’re based on impressions of each patient’s smile.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism causes you to grind your teeth while you’re asleep. You might not realize this is happening at first, but it can lead to problems like jaw pain and teeth that are more worn down than they should be at your age. How can you deal with bruxism? In many cases, the best answer is to wear a nightguard, which acts as a protective layer between your teeth. By preventing the upper and lower arches from making direct contact with each other, the nightguard can prevent serious damage to your smile.