The June holidays are almost upon us, which means we are already nearing the middle of the year.
The year is racing by, and with the June holidays fast approaching, it’s time for your half-yearly visit to the dentist. If it’s been a while since your last visit, gather the kids and take a family outing to see us for a check-up…
Why is a dental check-up actually performed?
Dental check-ups form part of our preventative dentistry services and are one of the best ways to catch problems early before they turn into much bigger issues. But dental check-ups are not only good for your oral health.
Staying on track with your oral health can go a long way in taking care of your overall health. In fact, research shows that there is a connection between oral health and a range of other health issues, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Some studies suggest that oral bacteria associated with gum disease could contribute to certain illnesses.
So, dental check-ups are key in diagnosing and treating oral health issues at an early stage but are also helpful in protecting your overall wellbeing.
When should you have a dental check-up?
We recommend that you come in and see us for a dental check-up every six months, which is why the June holidays are a great time to make an appointment. By performing regular check-ups, your dentist will be able to help you maintain your oral health in the long term and treat any issues before they turn into complicated problems.
If you have children, we encourage you to bring them in for their first check-up as soon as their first baby tooth erupts. This helps little ones to get comfortable with our practice from an early age and promotes good dental habits.
What should you expect at a dental check-up?
As part of your check-up, your dentist will perform a professional clean, in which plaque and tartar will be removed from the teeth.
During the check-up itself, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and assess your oral health. They will look for any signs of issues like tooth decay and gum disease, as well as any problems with your bite or jaw.
If necessary, your dentist may demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques, including brushing and flossing. This is also a good time to raise any questions you might have about your oral hygiene habits, as well as any lifestyle factors that might be affecting your oral health.
In some cases, dental x-rays may be taken to confirm diagnoses. X-rays allow your dentist to see detailed images of your mouth, and are helpful in checking for issues like bone damage and decay that is not visible during the examination.
What happens next?
After your dentist has performed a thorough examination, they will let you know if you require any treatment. A detailed treatment plan will be given to you, in which the treatment and associated costs will be outlined.
If you are at particular risk of gum disease or tooth decay, your dentist will explain what you can do to prevent these issues from developing. Sometimes, a follow-up visit may be recommended. Our team will make sure that you are fully aware of any costs involved in follow-up consultations or recommended treatments before we go ahead with them.
If you have children, it is well worth checking if they are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. The program covers children between the ages of two and 17 years old and includes a range of general dentistry treatments.
If you are ready to make an appointment for a half-yearly check-up for you and your family, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.