Examinations and Cleans
Many people wonder if making it to their twice yearly dental appointment is really necessary.
The short answer is – yes.
Good preventive care helps reduce your risk for certain illnesses and can help you achieve and maintain the level of excellent oral health that helps you look and feel your best.
Providing Your Medical History
Your twice yearly visit is a great opportunity to tell your dental practitioner about any issues or discomfort you’ve been experiencing in your mouth. You will also need to give a detailed description of your medical history and come prepared with a list of any medications.
Knowing your medical history allows your dentist to gain a better understanding of your overall health. After all, there is a strong systemic link between the health of your mouth and the prevalence of many serious health concerns.
For example, periodontal disease (advanced gum disease) is associated with heart problems, diabetes, and low birth weight in babies born to mothers with the disease.
Warning signs of some dental conditions may be so subtle that only a dentist can identify them.
During your visit, your dentist will thoroughly examine your whole mouth including teeth, soft tissues, and check for signs of tooth decay as well as any abnormalities. You will also be evaluated for risk factors associated with illnesses such as periodontal disease. This way, potential problems can be identified in their early stages while they are easily treatable.
Your dentist will also check your bite and may take x-rays or recommend other diagnostic measures.
Clean and Polish
During your visit, your teeth will be professionally cleaned. Your dental team will meticulously remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar. At this time, we may provide information on how to improve your at-home care routine, and you may be shown proper procedures for brushing and flossing.
A thorough clean not only helps improve the health of your teeth but also makes them look great!
Arrange an Appointment Today
Are you due for your twice yearly visit? Contact our practice at (07) 5599 4643 to book an appointment.