Regular dental check-ups are important as they will prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. Major dental problems can result in pain, lack of sleep, and disruption in day to day activities.
At Purity Dental, we advise 6-monthly hygiene check-ups with one of our dentists, as well as regular at-home oral hygiene practices. This is to keep your mouth healthy and happy.
What happens during a check-up?
Each check-up is tailored to each individual. We will discuss your concerns and your health goals. We will also like to know of any medical conditions that may impact your dental care or oral health.
For example, diabetes increases the risk of gum disease, and certain medications cause dry mouth which increases the risk of dental decay and cavities.
Importantly, all information discussed at your visit will be kept confidential.
- General Scale & Polish
Your dentist will start with a series of photographic records before they check your teeth for any cavities, cracks and unsatisfactory existing restorations. They will check your bite, jaw and muscles of the head and neck. Next your dentist will assess your gum health by measuring your gum pockets and see if there is any plaque or calculus buildup. They will also check the skin inside your mouth to detect for any signs of trouble or any indication of oral cancer.
Over a period of time, it is common for plaque and calculus to build up. This buildup must be removed to prevent dental diseases from occurring. Your dentist will use special instruments to painlessly remove the buildup above the gum. However, during your check up, if gum disease is present, different instruments may be required to clean below the gumline which may/may not require local anaesthetic.
Once the teeth are clear from buildup, a fluoride polishing paste is used to polish the teeth.
Are X-rays required?
Depending on your examination, your dentist will determine whether x-rays are required. An x-ray allows your dentist to see inside the tooth and jaw, and under the gum. X-rays can check for decay between teeth, which unfortunately the eye cannot see, and see whether the roots of your teeth are in good health.
What happens after a check-up?
After your check-up, your dentist may require a return visit for any dental work, for example a filling. Alternatively, if no further dental work is required, your next hygiene maintenance appointment is booked in as a reminder.