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Good oral health practices are essential in maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. Regular dental hygiene appointments and a standard at-home routine consisting of brushing twice and flossing once daily can help keep your teeth healthy and strong. We also offer a comprehensive list of other preventative measures and general dental procedures in Nanaimo.
Oral Exams & New Patient Exams
Oral examinations help ensure you can continue to smile with confidence. Our dentists can examine and diagnose problems early and make recommendations for further action. We recommend that you schedule an oral exam once a year for optimal oral health. Whether you are brand new to Woodgrove Dental Clinic or are a long-term patient, we look forward to seeing you during your next visit.
Dental Hygiene Appointments
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is a vital component of healthy teeth at any age. Regular oral checkups and dental hygiene appointments can help keep your mouth feeling clean and fresh. You can also take action at home to prevent cavities and gum disease by brushing and flossing daily between dental visits, and following any other recommended actions from our dentists and dental hygienists.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is a routine portion of your regular oral exam. Our dentists will examine the inside of your mouth and around your tongue for any sores. Next, they’ll carefully feel your cheeks and neck for any lumps or unusual marks. Early detection of cancer can increase the effectiveness of cancer treatments. If you notice any unusual spots or bumps in your mouth, book an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as you can.
Molars are difficult teeth to keep clean, especially for young children. Dental sealants are a quick and painless procedure that works by applying a thin composite layer over the tops of the molars. This material keeps food particles from collecting between the cusps and allows for easier brushing. Dental sealants are most commonly applied to children between the ages of 6 and 11 after the adult molars emerge, but they can also benefit adults.
Dental x-rays are an essential tool for monitoring your oral health. For young, developing teeth and jaws, x-rays allow our dentists to monitor healthy bone development and take note of any concerns in advance, such as impacted wisdom teeth. Our office uses both analog and digital x-rays, depending on the images required.
Tooth infections can be incredibly painful and interfere with everyday activities like eating, speaking, and sleeping. When the root of a tooth becomes infected, it often requires a root canal procedure to clean out the canal and seal it off to protect the natural tooth. This clears up the infection, reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling, and prevents the spread of the infection to other teeth or parts of the body.
Our dentists strive to preserve and protect natural teeth first and foremost. In the event that a tooth has suffered too much destruction to be saved or repaired, our dentists will recommend extraction as the best solution. Tooth extraction might also be recommended in extreme cases of root infection or as part of an orthodontic solution.