Check up and clean – Park Ridge Dental
How often should I have my dental check-up?
We recommend, as a general rule, that patients have a check-up and clean every 6 months. Once we get to know our patients, we then are able to assess your individual situation and tailor this recommended timing to you.
So why does it vary for different people? Well some people don’t have as much active bacteria and decay as others, everyone’s teeth and lifestyle are different, including their self-care routines. This is why the frequency of recommended professional dental cleans are different for everyone.
What happens at my dental check-up?
Stage 1: The dental check up
We start with a conversation with you to discuss your history and any concerns you might have. Following this we will have a look at your teeth AND the tissues in your mouth. This helps us screen for oral cancer, find out what is going on with ulcers, swollen gums, gingivitis etc.
X-Ray’s are done if it is your first appointment, otherwise these are generally done every 2 years. The great news here is that our digital x-ray’s have less radiation.
We then check the condition of your teeth, taking into account the time since your last dental visit and this helps us assess and problems, that have either developed or are showing early signs so that we can work with you to stop these before they become a pain.
Following this we have an oral care review discussion that covers:
- your diet
- at-home cleaning routines
- type of toothbrush you use (hint: it should always be a soft one)
- your gums, sensitivities and any gum recession
- the types of toothpaste and what is best for you.
Together with you we will discuss options for solving any problems and design an ongoing care plan for maintaining optimum oral health.
Stage 2: Professional dental clean
Also known as a scale and clean, the dental clean part of your dental appointment is an important part of maintaining ongoing excellent oral health and preventing painful problems from occurring.
In this process we remove the tartar build up that has hardened on your teeth and you can’t remove at home. Often the part of a check-up hated by most, our Park Ridge dentists approach this with a firm but gentle touch and are able to respond your needs to ensure you are comfortable throughout. If it is really uncomfortable, we do luckily always have the option of nitrous gas, aka happy gas or laughing gas.
Stage 3: Protecting with Fluoride
The bad horrible plaque has just been cleaned off your teeth, revealing the healthy white tooth underneath. This is a great time to apply a protective layer of fluoride onto this surface to strengthen and protect your teeth.
Kids and adults alike love that we have a great variety of fluoride favours. These include:
- Tropical Punch (Dr Jonathan’s favourite)
Book your dental check-up today
Are you overdue for your next dental check-up and clean? We would love to help. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment that prevents problems. We also want to make sure your dental work is affordable which is why we aim for no-gap check-up and cleans.
Call our Park Ridge Dental team on 3297 0153, chat with us online, get a quote or book your appointment online.
If there is anything we need to know, such as phobia’s or concerns, that you feel would help us look after you better, please mention these when you make your booking.