Dentist check-ups are the first step in caring for our patients
When was the last time you had a dentist check-up? If you’re not sure, then it’s been too long. It is recommended that you have a regular dental check-up every six months.
Some people need to visit more frequently, for example patients with gum disease, dental implants or a weakened immune system. In some (rare) cases, where somebody has had flawless, strong teeth for years, the time between check-ups can be extended. However, we recommend that the majority of people get their teeth checked at least twice a year, and this can vary depending on your dental history. Our experienced dentists will assess your mouth and tell you how often you should schedule an examination.
Think of it like servicing your car. There can be quite a bit of wear and tear in between visits that isn’t visible to you, but a regular service prevents major problems and extends the life of your car.
What happens during a routine dental check-up?
A dental check-up is not an unpleasant experience. In fact at Station Square Dental, it’s often a comforting one. It can be a load off the mind to be told your teeth are in good shape, or to have a problem spotted and dealt with. During your check-up we will ask questions about your lifestyle and habits, whether you smoke, drink or eat a lot of sugary food, whether you floss regularly or forget (like many of us) until you have food stuck in your teeth.
Our dentist will begin your examination, starting from the outside of your head and neck area, and moving to the inside of your mouth; your jaw joints, muscles, soft tissues, gums, and teeth. We assess your risk of sleep apnoea and look for any signs of tooth grinding or wear (which could indicate Bruxism). Your mouth will be examined closely for signs of decay, and to test the health of your gums. We also check for signs of more serious problems, such as cancer.
Some patients need little more than this, but many patients will require further examination. We will take all of the digital imagery needed, including intra and oral photos, as well as X-rays to help us gain a more comprehensive overview of in-between your teeth and your jaw bone levels. This enables us to locate any decay in places we cannot see with our eye, especially problems with previous dental work such as fillings. Our dentist will note down the condition of every tooth and restoration, allowing us to keep a thorough record of your dental health each time you visit.
We also check for toothwear (which may indicate grinding), and ask about headaches, jaw-aches and sleeping issues as part of our comprehensive examination.
Once the examination is complete, our dentist will discuss their findings with you and show you your digital imagery as reference. We can then determine the best treatment moving forward and share all of your available options with you.
Make an appointment today
So, now you know the why, when and how, make an appointment with us at our Oakleigh dental clinic in Melbourne. Remember, prevention is better than cure.
FAQs About Dentist check-ups
The health of your teeth is not something to be taken lightly. If you have ever felt tooth pain, then you know that it can be debilitating and affect your life. Poor dental hygiene can also cause gum disease, leading to infection and tooth loss.
Also, if you think of the mouth as the gateway to the rest of your body, you can see how the bacteria and infection from tooth decay and gum disease can actually increase your likelihood of serious illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. There has been quite a bit of research linking these factors together. Talk to your dentist if you’re interested in finding out more.
Most cavities don’t cause pain until they are quite advanced, which is why regular check-ups are the best prevention against cavities or oral health diseases. A cavity can be developing in a tooth for a long time before there are any visible signs or noticeable pain. As with many other health issues, tooth decay is most easily treated if dealt with early. Having one of our professionals at Station Square Dental catch a problem before it progresses can be the difference between a small, hardly noticeable filling and having to undergo much more extensive treatment.
We know that patients are worried about the visiting the dentist because major work may be costly. Put your mind at ease and book an appointment. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. Early preventative action will help you keep your teeth longer.