Regular Dental Visits
Why are dental check-ups important?
Regular check-ups with the dentist are important as it allows the dentist to monitor your oral health and also to detect any dental problems early. The dentist will look for evidence of any irregularities to the teeth and gums, such as tooth decay (caries), fractured teeth, infection/abscess, bone loss, oral cancer and also check old restorations. In the long term, regular check-ups will reduce the cost of dental treatment to you and avoid lengthy additional appointments.
What does a dental hygienist do?
The dental hygienist removes hard material (calculus) that attaches itself to the teeth and cannot be removed with normal brushing/flossing. They also give oral advice such as how to brush your teeth, use floss (or interdental brushes) and how to maintain your oral health at home.
What is Periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease affects the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth. This can cause the gums to bleed during brushing as the gums become inflamed and sore. This can cause the teeth to become mobile, which will lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but can be controlled with good home care and regular cleanings. Periodontal disease can also be a co-factor in other medical conditions such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and problems in pregnancy.
How often do I need a hygienist cleaning?
Your dental hygienist will evaluate the condition of your gums and advise how often you will need to have a professional cleaning. Most people will have a recall appointment every 6 months, if their gums are healthy, or every 2-3 months if there is evidence of gum disease. Regular visits with the hygienist will reduce the chances of gum disease and prevent tooth decay.
If it has been a while since you had your teeth cleaned call us on (093) 24452 and set up a dental hygiene appointment.