At Chikitsa Child & Dental Care our aim is to establish and maintain healthy teeth and gums for our patients for the rest of their lives. We deliver a high standard of preventive dental care and cover all aspects of general dentistry.
Preventive Dentistry aims to reduce the required dental restorations in your lifetime - minimising your risk of developing tooth decay and Gum Disease.
Mastering the art of good dental hygiene is a fundamental component of Preventive Dentistry care.
Top Tips for Brushing Teeth -
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day (after breakfast and after dinner).
- Brush with a soft round bristle toothbrush.
- Place your toothbrush where the gum meets the tooth, at a 45degree angle (enabling you to clean under the gum line). Bacteria accumulate along the tooth at the gum line, so it is essential to focus on this area.
- Brush your gums very gently. (The correct brushing motion is a circular massaging technique along the gum line rather than vigorous brushing back and forth. Vigorous brushing can injure your gums.)
- Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue which will remove additional bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness, whichever comes first.
- Use a toothpaste with added fluoride for cavity protection.
The Importance of Flossing -
It is essential to floss your teeth at least once each day for optimal dental health. When you brush teeth, you are removing plaque from the surface of your teeth...
Routine Cleanings - Keep your teeth clean
Regular dental cleanings are the only way to remove tartar or hard deposits from your teeth, which helps to prevent gum disease. When your hygienist polishes your teeth it not only makes them look and feel better, it smoothes and polishes tooth surfaces so they are less likely to accumulate plaque. When the dentist comes to do a check up at the end of the cleaning, he can catch small dental problems and treat them before they become large and painful.
Fluoride Application - Prevent cavities
Fluoride can be a gel, foam or a liquid and comes in many flavours. It helps prevent cavities by fixing the first tiny stages of tooth decay and slowing down the growth of bacteria. It is very important for kids over the age of 5 years old to get fluoride treatments to enhance the strength of the forming baby and adult teeth. In adults, when the teeth are fully formed and erupted, it is helpful to decrease the sensitivity of teeth.
If kids ingest too much fluoride - which is usually from swallowing fluoride enhanced toothpastes - white spots can occur on the teeth. This is called fluorosis. To prevent this, ensure that your child is properly spitting out the toothpaste after brushing, or just use the mechanical action of the toothbrush without toothpaste to brush their teeth
Sealants - Seal deep grooves in your teeth
Sealants are a thin layer of material placed on the biting surfaces of teeth, comparable to the consistency of nail polish. They are usually placed for children on their molars and premolars, or any permanent tooth with deep grooves in order to prevent cavities. Because of the shorter life span of baby teeth, they usually do not need sealants.
Routine X rays
Xrays help us spot the start of any dental problems before they get too serious. They show the start of cavities between teeth and under old fillings that can be hard to detect with just a visual exam. They also can show bone loss, impacted wisdom teeth, infections, cysts, tumors, and even cancers.
The xrays we use at Chikitsa Child & Dental Care are digital, which means we do not have to expose you to as much radiation as conventional xrays. We also have computer screens in each operatory so that we can take time to go through each xray with you.
Panoramic xrays are usually taken every 5 years. These xrays aid in determining the formation of wisdom teeth, health of the TMJ, and evidence of cysts, tumors or cancers. They are very important in the diagnosis of diseases, even on patients without any teeth at all!
Cephalometric xrays are taken only when a workup is required for orthodontic reasons. Dr. Goma uses this xray to take linear measurements and angles to determine the source of your malaligned teeth or jaws.
Finally, we also have a state-of-the-art cone beam CT scanner near our Dental center. Because you are a 3-dimensional being, we want to diagnose in all 3 dimensions. Our cone beam scanner allows us to do this, with very low radiation. These types of xrays are going to be the standard of care in the future. But, at our clinic, the future is here now!
Mouthguards - Ideal for all sport activities
Custom fit sports mouthguards are ideal for all of your sporting activities. A proper fitting mouthguard can actually enhance your performance, since its exact fit makes it easier for you to breathe, which will increase the oxygen intake to your whole body. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are always more bulky and inhibit oxygen intake.
Another kind of mouthguard is called a nightguard. It is ideal for people who grind or clench their teeth at night and are showing signs of tooth wear and/or headaches, jaw aches or neckaches. Talk to us to see if a nightguard could help you.
Desensitizing Teeth - Stop tooth sensitivity
If you are one of the many people who suffer from tooth sensitivity from cold, hot or sweet stimuli, the first step is to try using the desensitizing action of Sensodyne toothpaste. But, sometimes you may need a bit more help than just brushing with Sensodyne. We can actually paint on a stronger desensitizing agent that helps seal microscopic holes in your teeth that cause the sensitivity.
We have had great success with this method of treatment and it can often be a more affordable solution. Desensitizing may have to be done every 6 months or so. If this is not helping the process, the tooth may have been too worn down and a filling may need to be placed. We can help you determine which method will be best suited for your dental health needs.