What Is A Dental Check-Up?
A dental checkup is an opportunity for education regarding your oral health. A dental hygienist assisting the dentist may have your teeth cleaned and polished.
Your dentist may decide that x-rays are necessary so that they may get a closer and in-depth look at your teeth and gums, looking for issues such as decay, or gum disease.
In the case of any serious dental problems, the checkup is where a professional can analyze and decide further steps, and scheduling a later date for any surgical work that may need to be done.
Why Should You Consider A Dental Check-Up?
Tobacco smokers especially should consider getting a dental checkup done. Tobacco is one of the leading causes of oral cancer. Oral cancer is one of the three most common cancers in some Pacific and Asian nations due to their heavy tobacco use.
Even if you have good oral health and have no problems it is still a good idea to consider getting a checkup done anyway. It is important to stay on top of your health and a regular checkup is the best way to prevent any issues from arising and becoming worse down the road.
Chronic bad breath
Looseness of teeth
Clicking in the jaw
Sudden sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures
Cracked or broken teeth
Ulcers or sores that don’t heal after a week or two
How Often Should You Go For A Dental Checkup? Answer : At least every 6 months
If there are any problems that require surgical operations those would be booked as separate appointments and should not count towards one of your regular dental check-ups.
What does a Dental Check-up involve?
The check-up is the perfect place to discuss these options with our dentist here.
Like the dental examination, teeth cleaning should be performed twice a year. It is an essential treatment to maintain a constant state of health of the dental enamel and gums. The dental hygiene carried out by a hygienist every 6-12 months allows you to reach the areas less accessible with household tools and remove deep plaque, tartar and bacteria.
The regularity of dental hygiene treatments prevents the formation of caries and all its consequences: from superficial inflammations to gums up to the most severe cases of pyorrhea, passing through periodontitis.
To ensure proper oral hygiene, our dentist recommends:
- the time we spend brushing our teeth should be at least 2 minutes, with a proper technique as shown by our staff here, to ensure that you are able to clean each tooth
- use the dental floss daily, especially after night brushing.
During a dental hygiene visit, our dentist can give you other useful tips to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
When you arrive at the dentist’s office and you check in with reception you will meet with your dentist and discuss how your oral health has been and about your oral hygiene habits, any concerns or issues you’ve been having.
You may have x-rays taken if the dentist deems it necessary, and you will discuss whatever results may come up.
A dental hygienist, often acting as assistant to the dentist will clean your teeth, using a tool called a hand scaler. With it, they will scrape off plaque from your teeth. Then they will use a rotating rubber brush or cup and perform a polishing on your teeth, removing any remaining plaque and other detritus from your teeth.
After your cleaning, your dentist may discuss any further education that may be required to help you optimize your oral health which includes brushing and flossing methods, and other tools on the market that may be helpful for you, such as floss sticks.