Why is it important to visit the dentist regularly?

Regular visits to the dentist can help ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy as well as allow the dentist to detect any diseases early. When these oral health issues are detected early, it usually results in a better treatment outcome for the patient. Ignoring or leaving oral concerns until they either hurt or become uncomfortable can become more expensive and difficult to treat.

What happens at a check-up at the dentist?

  • Full oral examination
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning

Full Oral Examination

Your dentist will perform a full oral examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of decay, disease or other problems. The goal of the dentist is to ensure that existing and potential problems are identified and communicated accordingly to the patient, with various options of treatment where applicable.

X-Rays

At Advance Dental Canley Heights, we recommend X-rays to be taken for every patient as it can diagnose problems that cannot be identified with the naked eye, such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumours, damage to jawbones etc. If you are pregnant, please inform the dentist and he/she will advise accordingly.

Cleaning

Regular check-ups always include a complete cleaning by the dentist with the use of special instruments that scrape below the gumline to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can potentially cause decay, gum disease, bad breath, tooth discolouration and other problems. The clean will also include flossing, polishing and fluoride treatment to enhance the health of the mouth.

How often should I go to the dentist?

At Advance Dental Canley Heights, we believe that prevention is better than cure as a 6-monthly check-up is important to keeping a healthy smile. Our team strives to ensure that our patients are comfortable and relaxed during your visit. However, if further treatment has been recommended by the dentist – such as fillings, removal of a wisdom tooth or root canals treatment – you should make an appointment before leaving the clinic.

When should children see the dentist?

Good oral health starts early and a child’s impression of a dental visit can impact their views of the dentist will stay with them for a long time. A good time to bring your child in is when they start developing their first teeth around the ages of 1 to 2. Our team encourages parents to bring their children in for either their own appointment or an older siblings appointment as it can help them get used to the sights and sounds of a dental practice.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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