What is a check-up?
Sometimes referred to as a preventative care appointment, a general check-up allows us to screen for any potential issues arising. At this appointment we do a thorough oral pathology screening to check the health of your soft tissues and gums, as well as the general health of your teeth. If any concerns are raised at this appointment, it may be recommended to have further x-rays, or treatment. A general check-up is routinely performed alongside a professional clean where your Dentist will remove calculus, plaque, and staining.
Why do I need Xrays?
X-Rays play a pivotal part in diagnosing dental decay, bone structure, fractures & infection. They help us to see parts of the mouth that are not visible by eye alone. X-rays may be recommended for future treatment planning purposes or if a concern arises in your general check-up.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
We recommend brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, usually morning and night and flossing once per day. Most dental decay is preventable; studies show that one of the largest interventions regardless of diet is brushing for a minimum of 2 minutes twice per day. Brushing removes food and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and mouth (don’t forget to brush your tongue as well) and flossing helps to remove the bacteria from in between the surfaces of the teeth. Bacteria eats the sugars in the food and drink we consume and releases an acid that can dissolve enamel in turn creating cavities and decay.
Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?
Yes! There are many reasons an electric toothbrush is better than manual brushing:
- Most models have a two-minute timer, so you know how long you are brushing
- They are easier to use for young children or people with limited mobility
- A smaller head to reach difficult areas
- No need to scrub – they use an oscillating action which is gentler on teeth and gums and can help to protect from “over brushing” which can lead to tooth wear at the gum line.
- They are more effective at removing food and bacteria.
We recommend the use of an electric toothbrush to all our patients.
What is fluoride and why do you recommend it?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral which has been proven to strengthen tooth enamel, prevent cavities and make teeth more resistant to acidic erosion. It is added to the local water supply in most areas and is added to most toothpastes, some mouthwashes and topical gels. We routinely apply a protective fluoride varnish at your general check-up and clean appointment.