Why do I need to have a routine check-up? How often should I go?

Regular dental care is an important part of overall health. At your 'routine' check-up a number of procedures are performed – oral cancer screen, head and neck exam, TMJ and occlusal exam, orthodontic screen, cavity check and gum examination. A dental hygiene visit is generally recommended as well to remove any deposits and stain on the teeth to help prevent gum disease form progressing or developing. The frequency of checkups and cleanings depend on the likelihood of cavities, diligence of patient to oral care and gum health. Did you know that research has recently linked gum disease/oral bacterial to heart problems, diabetes, respiratory problems, arthritis and possibly even dementia?! Recommended frequency varies depending on your oral condition, overall health and habits. Generally we prefer to see our clients at least every six months but those with heavy tartar build up, or smokers with heavy stain generally come in every three to four months.

X-rays, or radiographs, help detect dental problems that aren't seen with a visual inspection of the mouth – like cavities between the teeth, early bone loss related to gum disease, dental abscesses or impacted teeth. We will only take an x-ray if we feel that it is required for your treatment.
It is important to brush and floss your teeth at least once a day. Ensure that you remove the food between your teeth with the floss and brush in a small, circular motion. We recommend that you floss after eating when possible. It is most important to clean your teeth prior to bed as salivary flow decreases at night and the bacteria and acids will have all night to start breaking down the enamel. Also, most importantly, you should not consume food or drink (except water, which will not cause cavities ) more than 4 times a day routinely. Even the smallest sip or nibble of anything that contains sugars within a half hour, would count toward the total number of times food/drink is consumed. Although it is helpful to remove any trapped food debris around the teeth, it is a common misconception that brushing and flossing will counter the effects of high frequency eating/drinking foods that contain carbohydrates. This type of eating pattern of nibbling constantly or snacking often, commonly leads to significant tooth decay.
The bacteria that exist in a healthy mouth are 'safe' if your home care is good and you are cleaning between the teeth daily. The bacteria break down food left in the mouth and between the teeth to produce acids that lead to cavities. If cavities are not treated in a timely fashion, tooth fracture or diseased nerves may result.
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Dentistry for kids

By starting dental visits early your child can prevent the need for any major dental treatment. Children as young as three should be having regular dental check-ups. At your child's first visits we will give you tips on home care, ensure the teeth are erupting properly, check for cavities and when your child is ready, provide the necessary dental cleaning and preventive therapies (fluoride, fissure sealants).

Dietary Counselling

As many of you may already know, one of the biggest factors that lead to dental cavities is your diet. And while the diet may be understood to play a part in oral health, many do not realize that certain foods can cause the saliva to become acidic leading to cavities. Just as many parents may not know that milk or formula resting in a child’s mouth can lead to early childhood cavities. In our Delta office we will discuss proper dietary guidelines, which will help us address specific elements of possible unhealthy consumption. By reducing, or in some cases eliminating, certain foods or drinks – the risk of cavities can be drastically reduced.


You can now have the smile you’ve always wanted without braces! In addition to being crystal clear and virtually unnoticeable, Invisalign will correct spacing and crowding faster than traditional orthodontics; usually in about half the time. Invisalign is also a fantastic option if you have worn braces in the past, but have since experienced new or resurfaced issues.

Implant Dentistry

Dr. Randhawa places mini-screw implants as a method of stabilizing complete dentures in cases where there is insufficient bone remaining and the denture is uncomfortable. In addition, Dr. Randhawa works with specialists to coordinate the placement of regular sized titanium implants, another alternative to replace missing teeth. This procedure involves placing a small titanium post into the space where the tooth is missing. The bone will actually grow into this little 'titanium root' making it as stable as your natural teeth. Once the root/implant portion is stabilized, a crown can be placed on top of the implant which will act like a normal tooth. Implants are a very good option when where is no existing tooth behind the space.

Porcelain Bridges

In most instances patients also have the option of having a missing tooth replaced permanently with a bridge (attached to the tooth behind and in front of the space). The procedure involves reducing the two adjacent teeth (as you would for a crown), taking an impression, and placing temporaries. The lab will make the bridge, shading it to match the color of your natural teeth. In about two weeks you return to the office where we will remove the temporaries and place your new teeth. These are permanently cemented to the reduced teeth. A bridge is much easier to adjust to than a partial. It is important to clean around the bridge properly so that it lasts many years. We will review this with you at your appointment.

Porcelain Crowns

Caps or crowns are like 'little hats' that completely cover the tooth. A crown is recommended when a large portion of the tooth needs to be restored and is the best way to prevent future tooth fracture. Most dentists recommend a crown following a root canal as a non-vital (dead) tooth tends to get brittle over time and can fracture. Crowns can be gold, a combination of gold and other metals, tooth colored, or a combination of tooth colored and metal. Dr. Randhawa will discuss the options best suited to your particular situation.

Oral Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, or oral/IV sedation with benzodiazepines is typically the first choice, and sometimes general anesthesia may be needed. When the patient has need of multiple and complex treatment with increased risk for acute dental pain. It can be used by a dentist to relax a patient enough to be able to perform multiple procedures in a single visit also saves both you and the dentist time and money. Call us for more details.

Teeth whitening

Tooth whitening is a safe, non-invasive procedure used to lighten the teeth. The best way is to have custom trays made that you can use at home until your teeth lighten to the desired level. We also offer individual whitening syringes for sale for our clients who already have trays so that they can touch-up their whitening if they notice after a period of time that it is starting to fade.