General dental check-ups Greensborough
At G Dental our aim is to educate our patients as we believe this will help them to achieve optimal oral health for life.
Damage due to decay is not only a cause for self-consciousness amongst a large number of people – it also affects your overall health. Decay, if left untreated, may also lead to tooth loss, which brings a whole new list of health complications. In order to avoid any nasty surprises, we recommend visiting the clinic for regular check-ups every 6 months. Our check-ups include a thorough examination of the teeth and gums, as well as a clean and scale. You may also be provided with tips on how to improve your oral health.
Why should I book in for a check-up?
These check-ups allow us to promptly identify any detrimental changes and act accordingly. Ideally, this preventive action will mean no need for more drastic and invasive corrective procedures later. If you have neglected booking regular check-ups and your oral health has suffered, it’s never too late to reverse these effects. At G Dental, we offer a range of treatments from natural-look fillings to root canals. These restorative treatments will help you gain back your mouth’s original functionality, and you will be back at the “maintenance” stage of caring for your smile (regular check-ups). For example, a filling now could prevent a root canal or tooth extraction later.
If you have children you should try and book an appointment as soon as their first teeth erupt. Children follow by example, and if they notice their parents or caretakers avoiding dental visits they may follow suit later in life. If children learn early in life that dental visits aren’t a source of pain or fear, it may help with compliance which could prevent further complications.
What causes tooth decay?
A large number of factors can influence tooth decay. For example sugary or acidic foods, misaligned teeth, improper brushing or poor oral hygiene in general. Plaque is the enemy to your oral health, constantly forming on your teeth and gums. It is made up of acids and erodes away at your tooth enamel. If you consume foods with a large amount of sugars in them you are encouraging plaque build-up.
Consequently, if plaque is not removed regularly it may harden into tartar. Tartar gives plaque an easier surface to adhere to, and may be the cause of your teeth looking off-colour as it is porous and absorbs stains more easily. Tartar can only be removed by your dentist or oral hygienist during the scaling process.
How can I prevent tooth decay?
Tooth decay is easily prevented by following a good hygiene regime. If your family has a history of poor oral health due to genetics you should mention this to your dentist as they will be able to help you with a suitable and effective plan. Generally brushing twice a day combined with flossing and a mouthwash at least once a day will assist in maintaining good oral health and fresh breath. Regular dental check-ups will ensure your oral health regime is on track and that your teeth and gums are plaque and tartar free.
If you experience any pain or discomfort, or lose an adult tooth between your regular visits, please make an appointment as soon as possible. The earlier action is taken to rectify these situations, the safer and more effective a treatment will be.
General dentistry FAQs
What happens at your dental visit?
Any dental check-up will usually be performed in 2 parts namely your examination and then a professional clean, both of which are critical in helping you to maintain and improve your oral health. During your dental check-up, we will thoroughly examine your mouth and check for any signs of gum disease, cavities and tooth decay as well as checking for any tartar and plaque. If plaque and tartar are allowed to build up unchecked they can cause permanent damage. We will also assess your gums by measuring the distance between your teeth and gums.
What should you do between each dental visit?
The time between your visits to us for a dental check-up and clean is almost as important when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy and there are numerous ways that you can maintain it at home. Of course, there are some basic rules of thumb such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly. Using a good mouthwash can also help to control the growth of bacteria in your mouth and will keep your breath nice and fresh. Staying away from processed sugars and other sugar-laden food and drink will also help to keep your teeth free of cavities and decay.
What should I take to a dentist visit?
- Make a list of your concerns
- Bring along your insurance details
- Be sure to carry your medical and dental history
- Make a list of the medication you are currently taking
Should I arrive a few minutes before my appointment?
If you are able to do so. Arriving about 15 minutes before your appointment could allow you to settle in and get comfortable with your surroundings. This tends to slightly eliminate the stress of a dentist visit especially if you are nervous.
Do I really need to floss?
It is still a huge point of frustration for many dentists that so many patients don’t floss as regularly as they brush their teeth despite it being common knowledge that flossing plays a major role in the quest for healthy teeth and gums. There is just simply no way around the fact that flossing is imperative when you are clearing the remnants of food. When these morsels are left over they hide between your teeth and under your gum line and cause the formation of plaque and tartar. They can even cause spaces to form in your gums and over time these will cause your teeth to loosen.
What does it mean when my gums bleed when I brush and floss?
Bleeding gums are generally the first signs of gum disease known as Gingivitis. It is also a sign that you should visit your dentist as soon as possible before the condition worsens. Swollen, agitated and bleeding gums are usually a consequence of poor oral care that leads to an excess plaque on your teeth and gums. Plaque is made up of nearly 300 types of bacteria that attack your teeth and the protective tissue around your teeth, resulting in gum disease.
If left untreated, gum disease could lead to:
· Sensitive teeth
· Bleeding and inflamed gums
· Tooth loss
· Bad breath
· Discoloured teeth
Tips to prevent gum disease:
· Avoid sugary foods and drinks
· Use a soft bristled toothbrush
· Brush twice a day for two minutes
· Floss once a day
· Rinse with warm, salt water between meals
· Have a professional cleaning done at least once in every three months