We have reimagined every detail of your checkup.
A super thorough checkup that is so much more than routine.
We check for problems that you might not see or feel.
We detect early signs of decay.
We treat and detect other oral health problems such as gum disease, soft tissue diseases, oral thrush and other lesions including mouth cancers. (generally, the earlier a problem is found, the more manageable it is!)
The following oral health care activities usually take place at the typical dental check-up visit:
Your dentist will first conduct a thorough medical, dental, social, family and diet history. This will give us crucial advice about suitable treatment options for you as well as finding methods to help improve your general oral health. Your dentist will then complete a physical examination of your gums and teeth, document any changes in your overall health and use of any medication.
Your dentist will often clean and polish your teeth, talk to you about oral hygiene, and answer any questions you might have about home care products. Your dentist will diagnose any oral health problems and make treatment recommendations.
Cleaning — Although home-based tooth brushing and flossing help remove plaque, only a professional clean by a dentist can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove the hardened plaque (called calculus or tartar) that builds up on teeth. Dentists use a series of metal hand and ultrasonic scalers, which provide deep cleaning above and below the gum line.
Polishing — After your teeth have been cleaned, they are polished to remove plaque and stains on the tooth surface. The polish contains fluoride, and is applied using a small rotating rubber cup or brush attached to the dental hand piece.
Prevention — Your dentist may offer additional instructions for you to follow at home, based on the results of your exam. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for instructions about brushing or flossing, or general questions about your teeth and gums.
We generally recommend 6 monthly visits to the dentist for routine examinations and professional cleaning. This frequency level works well for most people. You may require more frequent dental visits for optimal care if you are suffering from gum disease, a genetic predisposition for plaque build-up or cavities, or a weakened immune system.
Also, keep in mind that certain life events, particularly those that cause stress or illness, may cause changes in the mouth that may require more frequent visits to the dentist.
Ask one of our dentists at our Ballarat dental clinic what visitation schedule works best for your state of dental health!