As part of preventive dentistry, regular dental check-ups and cleaning are essential to maintaining good oral health.
During your first visit, we aim to gain an in-depth understanding of your medical history and dental health. We will perform X-rays or digital imaging scans as necessary, and examine your teeth for cavities, gum disease, tooth infection and more.
During an examination, we will check your teeth for decay and assess the general health of your gums. We will also check any fillings, root canal treated teeth, dental implants to ensure that they are properly done and maintained. Dental X-rays are very good tools to detect diseases at an early stage and assist with correct diagnosis.
If necessary, we will conduct a periodontal examination during which your gums will be examined for redness or swelling and whether they bleed occur upon gentle pressure. A probe will be used to measure the depth of the pockets between your gums and teeth. Depths of larger than 3 millimetres often suggest a more serious case of periodontal disease. If you are concerned about the health of your gums you can please refer to our article on gum disease and the various treatments which include deep cleaning, antibiotics and surgical treatments.
We may also check your teeth alignment and occlusion. Misalignment of your teeth and jaws (malocclusion) can cause or aggravate dental problems such as gum disease, receding gums as well as causing fillings and crowns to break or loosen. To find out more information about misalignment problems, read our article about occlusion.
Dental X-rays are taken to identify problems with your teeth that cannot be discovered during a visual examination. X-rays can identify bone loss (often caused by gum disease (periodontitis)), hidden dental structures like wisdom teeth and impacted teeth (overcrowded teeth that do not break through the gum properly); cysts; and tumours or abscesses. X-rays are also an essential part of many dental treatments like root canal treatments, dental implants, extractions, and orthodontic treatments or as part of post-treatment care.
X-rays may, or may not, be taken during your visit. If you have already had an X-ray in the last six months and are visiting us for the first time, we may request a copy of your X-rays from your former dentist. This will avoid unnecessarily repeating X-rays.
Dental X-rays are safe and contain very low levels of radiation. The risks from X-rays are far outweighed by the benefits. Whether we need to take an X-ray depends on the results of your clinical examination, dental history and risks of developing cavities or gum disease.
At Dentist Mandy, we understand that patients may have questions about how often they should have dental x-rays, the dose of radiation they may get from dental x-rays, and whether they should have dental x-rays at all. If you would like to know more about dental x-rays, please visit our dedicated dental x-rays page.
Plaque not removed during daily brushing and flossing will eventually harden into tartar that can only be removed by your dentist with special dental cleaning equipment. During scaling and cleaning, tartar will be removed from above and below the gum line. This prevents tartar from building up and infecting the tissues and bone supporting the teeth. Regular cleaning can prevent a mild inflammation of your gums (gingivitis) from developing into serious gum infection, destroying the tissues and bone supporting your teeth (periodontitis).
After the removal of tartar, we may polish your teeth to remove only plaque and surface stains.
Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, plays an important role in strengthening your teeth, preventing tooth decay and protecting your teeth’s enamel. The enamel is made of minerals and is the outer layer of your tooth, protecting your teeth from tooth decay. As bacteria build up forming plaque, the acids produced by these bacteria dissolve the minerals in the enamel (a process called demineralization) and the loss of minerals without repair leads to tooth decay. Fluoride helps to remineralise your enamel, strengthening it and stopping the damage caused by bacterial acid.
We often apply concentrated fluoride gel or foam on your teeth after scaling and cleaning. The fluoride treatment can help remineralise your enamel and protect your teeth for the next few months. We usually apply lower concentrations of fluoride for children to minimise the risk of toxicity.
Your teeth also absorb fluoride from fluoridated water and when you brush with fluoride toothpaste.
For more information about the effect of fluoride on your teeth, please visit our dedicated page.
The chewing surfaces of your molars contain pits and grooves (called fissures) where tooth decay or cavities often occur. Plaque often thrives in the deep grooves of your molars, which can be difficult to clean or reach into during normal brushing.
Dental sealant can protect your teeth from decay. During this procedure, a thin layer of sealant will be applied to the fissures in your teeth. This is a pain-free procedure. As the sealant is chipped or worn away over time, it can be easily replaced.
You should consider fissure seals for your child’s teeth as soon as their permanent teeth are fully developed. Adults should also consider having this highly beneficial and preventive procedure.
As dental professionals, we are committed to maintaining your long-term dental health. If you are visiting us for the first time, we will be obligated to learning about your detailed medical history. Everything about your health matters, as it can affect your oral health.
Many illnesses can affect your teeth and gums. If you are suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure, you have a higher risk of developing gum disease. If you are smoking or are pregnant, this can also affect your gum health. Any medication you are taking can affect your oral health. Some medicine (like anti-histamines and medicines for high blood pressure, anxiety and depression) can cause “dry mouth”, which increases your chances of developing cavities. Antibiotics prescribed for gum disease may interact with your antibiotics prescribed for another medical condition. In such a case, we will adjust our prescriptions to ensure that your dental medication does not adversely interact with other drugs you are taking.
We take pride in offering preventive solutions to promote good oral health. Book an appointment with Dentist Mandy and come to see us to make an informed decision about the steps you can take for your better oral health.