Dental HygieneYour Lethbridge Family Dentist
Stay in the pink with regular dental hygiene appointments in Lethbridge
Excellent dental hygiene helps to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums. By partnering up with Lethbridge dentist Dr. Lachman and his team, you can cover all the bases of your oral health care needs. That’s because even the best brushers and flossers can’t do it alone.
Dental hygienists have the tools and the training to help you keep on top of plaque, tartar and bacteria build up. Regular dental exams allow Dr Lachman to identify oral health issues early and start treatment when problems tend to be more easily resolvable.
Why is regular dental hygiene care so important?
Our patients are often surprised to learn that their tooth brushing technique could use some professional help. In order to stay on top of things, we recommend you schedule a professional cleaning and dental exam twice a year.
What goes on during a dental exam?
- evaluate your oral hygiene
- oral cancer screening
- check for signs of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
- evaluate your need for dental restoration or tooth replacement
- assess your bite alignment and jaw joint
- if required, take dental X-rays and perform other diagnostic procedures such as an oral cancer exam
Your dental exam may also include counselling about diet, and lifestyle factors that can impact your oral health.
A note about gum disease
Bacteria inflames the gums. When the gums are inflamed, they can pull away from your teeth, creating pockets where the bacteria can live and grow. If an infection sets in, your teeth, gums and underlying bone structure can start to break down.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is often painless in its early stages. In fact, many people don’t know that they have gum disease. That’s why it’s so important to have your oral health assessed by a dental professional on a regular basis.
A note about tongue bars
A tongue bar is a body piercing done directly through the tongue. These x-rays show how a tongue bar can impact your airway.
The top x ray to the right shows no tongue bar in place. Notice between the yellow arrows there is a large black area. This is a normal size airway.
The bottom x ray shows the same person with a tongue bar, or stud in place. Look how small the airway is between the yellow arrows on the bottom x ray compared to the top.
The tongue bar has shrunken the volume of the airway by 75% because it compresses the tongue, and forces it backward into the airway. This effectively simulates sleep apnea by compressing and shrinking the airway.
If you are thinking about a tongue piercing, we recommend you reconsider. Besides the airway issue, tongue studs can:
- harbour bacteria causing bad breath
- break teeth
- abrade and erode the gums