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Dental Hygiene Advice from Kulik Dental in Sudbury ON

With Kulik Dental, we want to provide all patients with the resources they need to understand and take charge of their dental health. We are proud to provide quality dental services in Sudbury, ON. The following questions are meant to be a resource for people who wish to learn more about common dental health problems. For additional questions, concerns, or to schedule your next appointment, please give us a call at 705-560-4000 today. We look forward to helping you and your family achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Why is oral hygiene important?

Adults over 35 are more likely to lose teeth due to gum disease rather than cavities. The easiest and best way to prevent either cavities or periodontal disease is through routine dental hygiene at home. This includes brushing and flossing at least twice a day, which helps to reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth and along your gum line. Removing these germs helps prevent periodontal disease from developing.

How do I choose a toothbrush?

There are many oral hygiene products on the market, so it can be hard to sort through them all. If you are looking for a cost effective and easy way to keep your mouth health, Dr. Kulik recommends a soft or ultra-soft tip toothbrush. Automatic and electric toothbrushes are safe and effective, but can be a bit pricier in comparison to manual toothbrushes.

Why should I floss?

Periodontal disease usually develops in places where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is an effective way to remove food debris and plaque from the areas in between teeth. This is an important part dental health and good oral health practices.

Why are regular dental visits important?

Scheduling and attending regular oral check-ups removes calculus and build up that cannot be removed with daily flossing and brushing. At Kulik Dental, you will receive personalized treatment plan that helps you improve and maintain good oral health, by preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

What should I tell my child about their first visit to the dentist?

One of the most important things you can do before your child's first dentist visit is create a positive image of our office for them. Helping them understand that keeping their mouth healthy helps the rest of their body stay healthy is also important, as it encourages whole body health. We recommend refraining from using words that suggest pain (needle, drill, pull, and so on).

Why are baby teeth important?

Children's baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth, but also play an important role in biting, chewing, speech, and appearance. Helping children develop good oral hygiene habits early ensures they have a healthy smile for life.

What causes cavities in kids?

Cavities are usually due to diets that are high in sugar and a lack of dental hygiene. Helping your child learn to brush their teeth regularly and limiting their sugar intake can help prevent cavities from developing.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Gum disease or periodontal disease is one of the most common illnesses. It is an infectious condition that can cause a person's jawbone and gum tissue to deteriorate. Toxins found in plaque irritate the gums cause them to swell, turn red, and bleed easily. If this irritation goes on for too long, the gum separate from the teeth, which allow pockets to form. These pockets are a breeding ground for more bacteria, and can cause the bone and teeth to deteriorate.

How can gum disease be prevented?

Brushing and flossing daily is essential to prevent gum disease from developing and progressing. Going to the dentist regularly also helps to prevent periodontal issues. Unfortunately, gum disease can still affect people who are diligent about brushing and going to the dentist.

How is periodontal disease treated?

There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments available. We focus mainly on non-surgical treatments, mainly scaling and root planning, which is carefully cleaning the root surfaces to remove calculus from periodontal pockets. This may be followed up by laser disinfection.

Is gum disease curable?

Gum disease is not curable, but it can be managed through regular periodontal treatments which cleans out the deep periodontal pockets.

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For additional questions about dental health, our general dental services, or our practice, please give us a call at 705-560-4000. We look forward to welcoming your to our family of patients, and are happy to answer any and all questions.