Dental Check up and Clean
We only have one set of adult teeth to last us our entire lifetime! Let us help you take care of them through Dental Check up and Cleans.
Did you know that your oral health is an important part of your overall general health and wellbeing? People often overlook or undervalue the importance of having healthy mouths. As mentioned by The National Oral Health Plan 2004-13
A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment.
Aside from the social aspects, it is the first entry point to the body and any presence of infection can easily spread to other parts of the body. There are strong associations between chronic oral infections and links with diseases such as heart and lung disease, stroke, diabetes, premature births etc.
It is therefore very important that adults and children have regular Dental Check ups and Cleans.
Why do I need regular Dental Check ups and Cleans?
Many believe that they have a good set of teeth because they do not experience any pain. However, you don’t know what you don’t know. Absence of pain does not mean absence of problems, you may have an underlying problem that is lurking and growing and you are just not yet aware of it.
How often should I get a Dental Check up and Clean?
To get the best out of something, it is only natural to maintain and care for what you regular use, like servicing your car. Your teeth and mouth are constantly in use, you use it when you smile, speak, chew, sing and even sleep – that’s almost every minute of every hour of every day. Such constant use requires appropriate care and maintenance.
It is therefore recommended to have 6 monthly Check up and Clean with your Dentist.
I brush and floss every day, do I need regular Check up and Cleans?
Some people say “I brush my teeth all the time, why do I need to go to the Dentist?”. Brushing twice a day, flossing your teeth nightly, having a good diet are important ways to maintain good oral health. However they are to work in conjunction with professional services, there will always be hard to reach places that you cannot reach and overtime this can lead to a build up of bacteria leading to dental diseases.
It is important to control the level of bacteria in the mouth our Dentists are able to get to tight spaces and corners that you may be missing out to bring you back to square one before your next 6 monthly Dental Check up and Clean.
It is a lifetime self care process for as long as you want to keep your teeth.
What does the Dentist do during a Check up?
At Aqua Smiles Dental, our Dentists perform comprehensive Check ups and this usually involves checking the:
- Neck lymph nodes and any odd swellings around the region
- Jaw joints and presence of clicking and deviation
- The outside of the lips and its borders
- The skin of the inside of the mouth for odd growths or markings, such as the inner lip, the tongue, base of the tongue, roof of the mouth, tonsil area
- Gums and presence of any swellings, abscesses, notable presence of bleeding or Gum Disease
- Tongue ties and odd attachments in young children
- Teeth for cracks, decay, malformities
- Bite, crowding, crooked or missing teeth, especially in children
- Locating Wisdom Teeth and whether they are appropriately growing
- Habits and hygiene such as need for improve brushing or flossing
Do I need to take X-Rays during my Check up and Clean?
Yes as per the Dentist's recommendation.
There is a misconception that having a visual check up is enough to provide dentist with all the information they need to form a diagnosis. The mouth has many underlying structures that cannot be assessed properly with the naked eye, taking dental x-rays allows our Dentist to see below the surfaces to complete the comprehensive exam.
Typically we take a standard set of x-rays with our Check up and Clean every 2 years, just like you would take a blood test at the doctors every 2 years.
What does a professional Dental Clean involve?
At Aqua Smiles Dental, we complete cleaning with special electronic equipment to remove bacteria around the teeth and under the gums.
We then polish the teeth to remove any presence of stains before coating the teeth with fluoride gel which acts to desensitise the teeth and strengthen its core structure.
Our dentist will go through brushing and flossing tips as needed to ensure that you can maintain good oral hygiene at home. Dietary advice may also be given for young children so that there teeth can grow to be as healthy as possible.
When should I bring my child in to see a Dentist?
According to the Australian Dental Association, “it is time for a dental visit when your baby’s first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first".
If you notice anything you think is out of the ordinary before this time it’s better to be safe than sorry, so book an appointment straight away. The earlier your child sees a Dentist, the easier it is to develop a good doctor relationship and the earlier dental diseases can be picked up.