Regular checkups at the dentist are vital in order to maintain your oral health up to date. It is highly recommended that you try to visit the dentist for a check up and clean every 6 months to minimise the risk of oral problems.
What does a dental checkup involve?
A check up involves an examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth. During your first consultation, the Dentist needs to know about your general and oral health. The Dentist will ask you about your medical history as it may impact your oral health, for example, diabetes may increase the risk of gum disease while certain medicines may cause dry mouth, increasing the risk of cavities.
How do you know when to visit the Dentist?
Here are some signs that it might be time to schedule a checkup with the Dentist:
Toothaches: Any form of pain within the mouth whether it is in a tooth or in the gums is best to be observed by a Dentist. Pain in teeth may indicate various dental diseases and must be looked at immediately.
Gum Inflammations: Swollen, inflamed or bleeding gums may be a sign of gingivitis or periodontal diseases. However, in some cases, bleeding gums can result from brushing too hard. It is best for you to see a Dentist in order to establish the cause and offer the best treatment.
Any discolouration/spotting on teeth: If you see that there is a change in colour on certain spots on your teeth it may be a decay.
Tooth Sensitivity: Sensitive teeth occur when you have trouble swallowing hot or cold food or beverages. Sensitive teeth can result in tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease or even an exposed root due to gum recession.
Bad breath: Bad breath is normal from foods and diet of strong odors however if odors are persistent it may be a sign of decay, calculus build-up or gum disease, and infection.
There are three types of x-rays that your dentist may suggest during your dental checkup:
- Periapical x-ray(small dental x-ray) – for individual teeth or bitewing
- OPG – full mouth x-ray in two dimensions
- CBCT – a scan that shows very fine details of all structures in a three dimensional view
Call us on 02 9460 8909 to organise a dental check up appointment. We are open Monday to Saturday and have flexible hours to accommodate your needs.
Alternatively, you may book an appointment directly from our website: www.mydentiststleonards.com.au