Dental check-up and clean Crows Nest
It is recommended you have your teeth checked and cleaned by a dentist every six months. By having your teeth checked regularly, it allows your dentist to detect any small issues, so those issues can be addressed before they become larger, and considerably more expensive to address.
A thorough check of your teeth will usually involve taking dental x-ray films periodically so as to check areas of the mouth which cannot be seen just by looking at your teeth and gums. Of course, your dentist will also check on the soft tissues of your mouth, including the lips, cheeks, tongue and gums, for problems such as gum disease and oral cancers.
Why do I need a professional dental clean?
A professional clean reduces the number of bacteria present on and around the teeth far more than regular at-home brushing can. When bacteria accumulate around the teeth, they form a substance called dental plaque. Plaque is a complex structure which includes bacteria and their toxic sewage products. Yes, sewage products – sounds lovely, doesn’t it? The toxins produced by the plaque bacteria are what causes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), which is most often evident by bleeding of the gums when you brush or floss your teeth. If left untreated, gum inflammation may progress to gum disease and the destruction of supporting bone around the teeth. This can eventually lead to tooth mobility and even tooth loss.
Plaque bacteria also convert sugars from your diet into powerful acids, and these acids dissolve minerals from your teeth in the process known as tooth decay.
Benefits of teeth cleaning
Teeth cleaning helps to prevent tooth decay and problems with the gums and bone that support the teeth. Teeth cleaning can also remove superficial tooth stains related to diet and smoking so your teeth can look their natural best. In fact, teeth cleaning is the first thing that should be done for anyone who is interested in teeth whitening.
Further to this, the inflammation caused by dental plaque has now been linked to all kinds of other serious health issues including diabetes and heart disease. The links between your oral health and your overall health make a six-monthly trip to the dentist all the more important.
Of course, the professional teeth cleaning you’ll receive at Dental On Clarke is only one part of a much bigger picture. It’s important you clean your teeth well at home with a soft toothbrush and dental floss. Brush your teeth twice daily, and ideally use floss at least once daily. You might notice some initial bleeding from your gums when you floss, but keep going! Regular flossing will reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth, which will reduce your gum inflammation. When gum inflammation goes away, so does gum bleeding. Ask us for tips on how to use floss easily and we’ll happily demonstrate. Some people really like mouthwashes as well, and for most people mouthwashes are fine but not essential. Mouthwashes are certainly not a substitute for thorough and effective teeth cleaning with a toothbrush and floss.
What to expect at your dental check-up
First and foremost, your dentist will conduct a physical examination; they’ll be looking for any signs of gingivitis or decay, as well as oral cancers. They may also need to take x-rays, with your consent.
Secondly your dentist will begin to use a scaler to remove built up tartar and plaque from around your gumline, and between your teeth. Tartar (calculus) is a cement-like build up comprised of plaque and mineral deposits from your saliva; it can only be removed by your dentist.
Once all of the tartar and plaque has been removed, your dentist will begin to polish your teeth either using a high powered electric brush and professional toothpaste, or an air abrasion handpiece. Air abrasion is like a high pressure hose specifically designed for cleaning teeth.
The final step in your cleaning is the application of a fluoride treatment, which will help to protect your teeth and fight off cavities in the coming months.
At a check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth, and remove plaque and tarter from your teeth and gums with a special tool known as a scaler. They will usually take some dental x-rays of certain areas of your mouth to check for any issues or abnormalities that are not visible during the examination. Your dentist will have a thorough look at the soft tissues of your mouth, including the lips, cheeks, tongue, and gums to check for gum disease or signs of oral cancer. It is advisable to go for a dental check-up every six months so that your dentist can detect any small issues before they worsen.
A professional clean is very helpful in reducing the number of plaque-causing bacteria on and around the teeth. Plaque can lead to inflammation of the gums, which can lead to gum disease and the deterioration of supporting bone around the teeth if left untreated.
Any tarter and plaque that has built up on your teeth and gums will be removed, before your dentist polishes your teeth with the use of a high-powered electrical brush and professional toothbrush. In some cases, an air abrasion headpiece may be used. A fluoride treatment is then applied to help protect your teeth from cavities.
You only need to floss your teeth once a day as part of a thorough oral hygiene routine. The time in which you choose to do so is completely up to you. You can floss morning, noon or night. We suggest flossing in the evenings to ensure that debris and food are not trapped between your teeth overnight.
You are able to floss your teeth before or after you brush your teeth though it can be beneficial to do so before you brush. This is because it will make it easier for the fluoride from your toothpaste to reach between your teeth if you have flossed them prior to brushing.
A little bit of bleeding is normal during flossing, though you should monitor this: if it occurs in multiple locations twice a week or more, or it is more than a small single drop of blood, it may be an indication of an underlying issue and you should consult your dentist. If your gums are bleeding when you floss, you should also take care to ensure that you are using a gentle technique when flossing your teeth.
When was your last check-up and clean? If the answer to that is more than 6 months ago, then it’s time to call us and book your appointment!