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The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) marks April as National Oral Health Month. That’s why your Vancouver dentist and CDA member Dr. Sonia Sahi of Nest Dental is sharing a reminder this month about the importance of regular dental check-ups and cleanings as part of an excellent oral health care routine.

Why Regular Dental Check-Ups and Cleanings are Key To Good Oral Health

Regular dental check-up and cleaning appointments are a key preventative step in good oral health, allowing the removal of plaque and tartar on teeth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated. Tartar (the hardened form of plaque) can only be safely removed by professional techniques and tools. In addition, treatments such as fluoride and dental sealants at a check-up and cleaning provide extra tooth decay prevention.

A dental check-up and cleaning is also an opportunity for the dentist to catch any minor oral health issues and resolve them before they become severe, requiring more invasive and costly treatments. For children, regular dental visits allow parents and the dentist to monitor oral development.

How often should check-ups and cleanings happen? Most dentists, including Dr. Sahi, recommend twice-annual visits for their patients. However, patients with a history of cavities or whose lifestyle habits contribute negatively to oral health — such as smoking, a high-sugar diet, or poor at-home brushing and flossing — might need to see their dentist more frequently.

The Link Between Good Oral Health and Overall Health

From babies to seniors, focusing on good oral health that includes twice-yearly dental visits not only helps prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease but can also have a positive effect on overall health. For example, a healthy smile can aid in proper chewing, resulting in optimal digestion and nutrition. It can also contribute to self-confidence and healthy mental well-being. In contrast, studies have shown links between poor oral health and health issues such as:

Comfortable Dental Check-Ups & Cleanings Nest Dental

Check-ups and cleanings at Nest Dental are gentle yet thorough, in a high-tech yet cozy spa-like space featuring designerly touches and private treatment rooms. We offer a comprehensive array of dental services, with expertise in preventative family dentistry, cosmetic, implant, and general dentistry, as well as Invisalign teeth straightening.

If you’re due for a check-up and cleaning, schedule an appointment at Nest Dental, your Fraser Street family dentist. We serve patients in Riley Park-Little Mountain, Mount Pleasant, Dickens, Kensington-Cedar Cottage, South Main, South Cambie and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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