Holistic dentistry may seem complicated at first. However, it revolves around a very simple principle – achieving optimal health. The traditional approach to dentistry was narrowly focused on the mouth, especially the teeth. However, your mouth is not separate from your body, and oral health is not separate from whole health. Preventive dentistry is about more than stopping decay and keeping your teeth from falling out; it is an important part of a happy, healthy lifestyle.
You are probably familiar with the basics of oral care. Brush twice daily, floss once daily, and see your dentist every six months
. The importance of these steps cannot be overstated. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth. If not removed regularly, it will harden, turning to tartar. The bacteria in plaque and tartar erode your teeth (decay) and infect your gums (periodontal diseases).
Unfortunately, there are usually tight spaces, deep fissures, and difficult to reach surfaces that are difficult or impossible to clean when brushing or flossing. Professional teeth cleaning is essential to remove the tartar buildup in these areas before it can cause damage. Your hygiene appointment also includes a comprehensive oral examination. If decay or gum disease has begun, early detection facilitates the gentlest, most effective treatment.
Dr. France Chevalier uses an oral screening procedure
that allows us to identify changes in the tissue at or below the surface, with precision accuracy. The process is safe, fast, and completely comfortable. Your dentist or hygienist will use a small, handheld device known as a Velscope. It emits a harmless blue light that causes abnormal tissues to appear a different color than healthy tissue. The system is cleared by Health Canada for the discovery of precancerous and cancerous tissues, which may not be noticeable to the naked eye.
Dr. Chevalier believes that one of the most important services she offers is education. No dentist can keep your mouth healthy without your help. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the importance of oral hygiene, or they do not understand how to care for their teeth. Your dentist and hygienist will teach you the most effective techniques, as well as helping you understand your own oral health better. They will also provide nutritional guidance. Your teeth, like the rest of your body, need adequate vitamins, minerals, and a healthy immune system.
Never hesitate to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have. It is often said that “Knowledge is power.” That statement is never truer than when referring to your health. Dr. Chevalier wants to empower you to take control of your oral – and whole – health.
Dr. Chevalier and her amazing team are your partners in great health and beautiful smiles for life. Call +1 (613) 233-1118
and schedule an appointment today.