Preventative care includes what you do every day to keep your mouth healthy. This includes brushing, flossing and having a healthy diet. In combination with home dental care it is also very important to have regular check-ups to help ensure your mouth stays in good health.
Dental problems can often be silent for several years before they cause pain and come to your attention. Regular check-ups can help to detect problems early before they lead to pain and require complex, expensive treatments.
What to expect at your dental check up?
At Evergreen Dental Care your preventative dental check-up will include:
- A comprehensive examination of all your teeth to assess for dental decay, fractures, excessive tooth wear, and assessment of your existing fillings/crowns etc.
- A thorough assessment of the gums to check for gum disease
- An oral cancer screening including a thorough assessment of the soft tissue in the mouth
- A screening of the head, neck and face for abnormalities, swelling or tenderness
- A thorough assessment of the jaw joint and facial muscles
- We will give you advice and guidance on your oral hygiene and home dental care
- You will have the opportunity to ask questions about our services and to bring up any concerns you have about your oral health
If any problems are discovered during the dental exam, we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that will get you back to optimal health as soon as possible
How often should I have a check-up?
Generally we recommend having a preventative dental check-up and professional clean done every 6 months to keep your teeth, gums and smile healthy and bright. However, each patient is assessed individually, so you may not need to visit as often or if you have a high risk of dental disease your dentist may advise you to have more frequent visits.
Why X-rays: To see is to know… Not to see is to guess.. And we won’t guess about your health.
X-rays or radiographs are a very important tool in accurately diagnosing dental diseases and treating dental problems early before they become more serious.
X-rays, give your dentist the ability to see between and inside your teeth, under existing fillings, the roots of the teeth and the bone underneath the gums. These areas are not normally visible to the naked eye, and the only way to accurately assess these areas are with X-rays.
How often are X-rays needed?
Everyone’s oral health and risk of dental disease is different so we will evaluate your individual need for X-rays. However, in general bitewing X-rays are globally recommended at least every two years during routine check-ups. If you are a new patient your dentist will also advise taking a panoramic X-ray to assess your current oral health state and use this as a baseline going forward.
At Evergreen Dental Care, we are committed to providing the best possible dental service to our patients. To ensure this happens we use the most advanced technologies available including digital X-rays which are quick and expose patients to far less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.
Fluoride is a mineral which is found naturally in water and foods. When used in appropriate amounts, it contributes significantly to the decrease in the occurrence of tooth decay.
Once your dental exam and cleaning is complete, your dentist can apply remineralising fluoride treatment to your teeth. This only takes a few minutes but can do wonders for your oral health.
Fluoride coats your teeth, preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface, which is what leads to cavities and gum disease. It can also slow down or even repair any areas of early dental decay.
Your dentist might also recommend adding products to your home care routine, such as mouthwash, gel, or an antibacterial rinse.
The team at Evergreen Dental Care is happy to answer any questions you have about the benefits of fluoride and the best products for your unique situation.
Are you due for a dental check- up? Contact our friendly team at Evergreen Dental Care for an appointment.