Your dentists in Bull Creek
Having a local Bull Creek dentist makes it that much easier to ensure you attend regular 6 monthly check-ups.
It’s likely that every dentist you have ever been to advises you return in another 6 months. But why? Each check-up doesn’t really make an aesthetic difference, you don’t feel any pain, so what’s the point?
Six Monthly Dental Check-ups
Having a regular dental check-up is an essential component of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. The responsibility is yours in between those check-ups to maintain a proper oral health regime to prevent decay.
What’s involved in a 6-month check-up?
Your highly qualified dentist at Bull Creek will thoroughly examine your teeth for signs of decay, but what you might not realise is that there are many more benefits to a check-up than just decay treatment. Your Access Dental Care Dentist will evaluate the state of your gums, bite, saliva, face and lower jaw joints. Additionally, they will look for anything unusual via a head and neck examination and examine your entire mouth for signs of oral cancer, diabetes and/or vitamin insufficiencies. The dentist will then complete a thorough clean and scale of your teeth all while providing educational information to ensure you have the tools of knowledge to keep your mouth healthy.
During your check-up, we will pay particular attention to plaque and tartar. The reason we focus on these areas is that plaque and tartar can build up very quickly if proper oral hygiene is not practiced between your 6-month visits. If the remainders of food and drink particles are not removed, soft plaque can harden which can cause tooth decay and may irritate the gum tissue, leading to gum disease.
As part of your comprehensive check-up, the dentist will inspect your tongue, gums, mouth, and throat among several other components that indicate how healthy your oral state currently is.
Head and Neck Examination
The dentist will begin by examining
- Your face
- Your neck
- Your lymph nodes
- Your lower jaw joints (TMJs)
Followed by an assessment of your teeth and gums by examining
- Signs of gum disease
- Sign of loose teeth
- State of your oral tissues
- Your tongue
- Your gums
- Your bite
- Signs of tooth decay
- Broken teeth
- X-rays (if appropriate)
- Damaged fillings
- Your gum line
- Dental appliance evaluation (if applicable)
- Teeth spacing, gaps and/or crowding
Scale and Clean
Finally, the dentist will perform a thorough clean and scale to ensure that your oral state is in a 100% health capacity by:
- Examining the condition of your teeth and gums
- Removing plaque and tartar
- Polish your teeth
- Flossing your teeth
- Recommended brushing and flossing methods
Your dentist in Bull Creek
Upon completion of your 6-monthly check-up, a diagnosis of your overall oral state and hygiene methods will be provided to give your teeth the best chance of staying healthier for longer. It’s vital you book an appointment every 6 months in order to provide a routine examination and clean. By visiting the dentist every 6 months and by following a good oral hygiene technique at home, you are much more likely to preserve your teeth and gums.