CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM PROFESSIONAL CLEANINGS IN OUR HAMILTON FAMILY DENTAL OFFICE
Parents may see the benefit in professional dental checkups and preventative treatments like fluoride, but the idea of a professional cleaning may seem unnecessary. Professional hygiene visits are, in fact, a vital part of oral health regardless of age. Children are just as at risk for plaque and tartar buildup as teens and adults, and plaque is the root cause of numerous dental concerns. Plaque is colorless and odorless, so it may be difficult to ensure adequate removal. If not removed, plaque hardens to tartar, which must be removed with specific instruments and techniques.
Plaque and tartar are not something we want to leave on teeth, even on those that will fall out in a few years. Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of permanent teeth and the jaw itself. Due to the welcoming environment plaque and tartar make for bacteria, the presence of these substances in the mouth creates an enormous risk for cavity development and painful infection. Our recommendation for professional cleanings on a six-month schedule can improve the overall dental experience due to the effectiveness of plaque removal and significant decrease in the risk for cavities.
Professional hygiene visits are part performance and part guidance. An important aspect of children’s dentistry in our Hamilton practice is to teach parents, first, and then children, as they gain the ability to perform oral care on their own, the techniques that maximize their efforts. When treating children, we explain methods and dental topics to them in language they can easily understand. Our staff is caring and fun, offering care in a way that encourages children to feel comfortable as we teach them why oral care is important.
Cleanings are very straightforward and made fun for our young patients. Patients are made comfortable as we methodically brush and floss their teeth gently while describing in their language the instruments and process in use. Depending on the needs of the patient and their treatment plan, fluoride or dental sealants may be applied at this time as well.
Dr. Karen Ho and her team are pleased that you have considered Dentistry on Parkdale for your dental needs. We are committed to providing you and your family with quality care and positive dental experiences that build healthy smiles.
To schedule your checkup and cleaning, call 905-547-4940.
You’ll know when you get a cavity—Fact or Myth?
Fact or Myth? If you have a cavity you will know it—myth. Mild tooth decay has no symptoms; sensitivity begins to occur when the tooth is already causing damage to the nerve. Today’s dentistry prevents tooth decay with sealants and other conservative methods. Fact or myth? Surface is the prime cause of cavities? A fact and also a myth. Acid is the main trigger in producing the main bacteria that causes cavities. The bacteria is then fuelled by the consumption of carbohydrates. Sugar is a trigger in cavities but carbs as a whole are the main cause. Fact or myth? Cavities are the prime reasons for root canals – myth. Root canals are a result of nerve damage. Untreated cavities can lead to nerve damage but root canals are onset by a number of different factors. Fact or myth? Brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent cavities. Fact.
Dr. Karen Ho is a trusted dentist serving patients of all ages in Hamilton, Ontario. Having studied at prestigious institutes such as McMaster University and University of Toronto and trained at Hartford Hospital (General Practice Residency), she opened her private practice in 2003.
Dr. Ho is committed to lifelong learning as she believes that she can serve her community better by constantly updating herself. She is affiliated with many professional organisations like the Academy of General Dentistry, Institute for Clinical Practice of Pediatric Dentistry, The Dawson Academy Study Club, Niagara Peninsula Dental Diagnostic Study Club, Hamilton Chapter of the Seattle Study Club (Founding Member), and Boston and Tufts Universities.