To maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile, it is important to have a dental check-up every six months, or more regularly as instructed by our dentist. Good oral health is also important to general health and wellbeing. Better oral health can lead to better general health.
It is important to provide up to date medical information to the dentist, including current medications, allergies and previous treatments. Knowing this information will help us provide you safe and effective treatment.
At your routine check-up, the dentist will assess the health of your mouth, find existing problems and discuss planned treatments. Steps to help minimise further problems can also be explained. A routine check-up includes the following:
- Examination of teeth, gums, lips, tongue and saliva: Our dentist will look for signs of tooth decay, bleeding or inflamed gums and pockets, how the teeth fit together and any other irregularities. All findings will be recorded on your patient record.
- X-rays: Intra-oral x-rays may be taken to assist in detection of tooth decay, infections, tumours, teeth that have not erupted through the gum and damage to jaw bones.
- Preventative care: this may involve the use of fluoride, polishing of fillings, cleaning of teeth and advice on how to care for your teeth and gums.
If treatment is required, our dentist will develop a treatment plan that will meet your oral health needs and provide you with options for treatment, information about the risks and benefits of any treatment and reformation relating to care after treatment. You are encouraged to ask questions about your dental health and treatment needs.
There are no common risks associated with your routine check-up and it is safe for pregnant women.