​Preventative Care

At Li Family Dental, we believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, taking care of your health today will help avoid health issues in the future.

When it comes to your dental health, effective oral hygiene habits, in hand with regular dental checkups, will help you avoid dental treatments down the road. We offer the preventative dental care Etobicoke patients require to maintain optimum oral health.

What is Preventative Care?

Preventative care provides the day-to-day maintenance needed to avoid issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Preventative dental care is quite simple as it begins at home. You can ensure you maintain healthy teeth and gums for your whole family with regular flossing and brushing twice a day.

Further, preventative care also includes regular dental checkups. Our team will look for potential issues and provide professional cleaning to address any buildup that your brushing and flossing may have missed.

What Happens at My Preventative Care Dental Appointments?

We will examine your teeth and supporting structures to look for any signs of dental and oral health issues. Many people do not realize that we not only care for your teeth but also screen for more serious issues, including oral cancers. A thorough exam will include a check of your teeth and gums but also look for signs of lesions, lumps, and discolouration that could indicate cancer.

We will also perform diagnostics to make sure there are no signs of decay. Dental X-rays might be taken at this time, which are recommended every two years unless there is a reason to believe an issue is present. We will discuss any problems we discover and recommend a treatment plan.

We will then perform a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup to help prevent decay. Cleanings also help prevent gum disease by cleaning not only the surfaces of your teeth but also below the gum line to remove trapped plaque.

Plaque bacteria can cause tooth decay and also gum infections. Infection of the tissue can become serious, leading to gingivitis or periodontitis. If left unchecked, gum disease can also spread to the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place, which can lead to tooth loss. That is why it is so important to receive regular dental cleanings.

Your dental hygienist will look for areas that could use more attention during your oral hygiene routine at home and provide tips for improvement. Before you leave, we will polish your teeth and apply a fluoride treatment.

Why Are Professional Dental Cleanings Important?

Although brushing and flossing will help prevent plaque buildup, there are many areas of your teeth you might not reach. Removing plaque is very important; if it is left on your teeth, it will harden and turn into a stickier buildup called tartar. When tartar builds up and hardens, it can only be removed by a hygienist using special dental tools.

Preventative dental care in Etobicoke is the foundation for healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. We provide family-friendly dental care to help patients reach optimum dental health.

If you would like to learn more or wish to book an appointment, please call 416-232-2033 today.