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Our approach to checkups
Your oral health plays a crucial role in maintaining your overall well-being, and nothing contributes more to your dental hygiene than regular dental checkups. Regular check-ups at Dental at Joondalup, complete with comprehensive examinations of your teeth, gums, and mouth, can keep those pesky troubles at bay.
Every patient is unique, which is why it’s essential to receive individualised care tailored to your needs. During your general dental checkup at Dental at Joondalup, our professionals evaluate your specific oral health issues and habits. We then provide personalised recommendations on how best to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
We suggest visiting us every six months for a check-up, along with maintaining a consistent at-home routine to ensure your mouth stays in tip-top shape.
What happens at a checkup?
During every dental check-up, your Dental at Joondalup dentist or dental hygienist will inquire about any concerns since your previous appointment. As you comfortably sit in the dental chair, a thorough examination, scaling, and polishing will be performed to ensure optimal oral health.
Your Dental at Joondalup dentist will diligently look for cavities and examine any plaque – the clear, sticky layer of bacteria – or tartar buildup on your teeth. We will also assess your gum health by measuring the spaces between your teeth and gums. Gum disease becomes evident as these spaces deepen. You may not know this, but we will also inspect your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or unusual signs that could indicate potential oral health issues such as oral cancer.
Scaling & Polishing
To maintain a healthy smile, plaque or tartar accumulation needs to be removed. We use specialised tools like an ultrasonic scaler to gently dislodge larger tartar pieces and provide a deep cleaning above and below the gum line – accompanied by a pleasant tickling sensation. Once all tooth surfaces are smooth, a polishing process removes any stains using a low-speed hand-piece fitted with a soft rubber cup. This rubber cup contains an effective blend of abrasive toothpaste-like material and fluoride that whisks around on your soon-to-be gleaming teeth.
What comes after a dental check-up?
Once you’ve completed your dental check-up, you might be wondering what the next steps are. Individualised treatment plans, attentive follow-ups, and proactive scheduling are crucial components in maintaining impeccable oral health.
Personalised Treatment Recommendations
Upon finishing your examination, dentists will discuss any personalised treatment recommendations tailored to your specific needs. Recommendations may cover various aspects of oral care and overall wellbeing, including:
- Effective tooth brushing techniques
- Tips for maintaining a nutritious diet
- Advice on alcohol consumption and smoking habits
These recommendations aim to provide comprehensive guidance for continued oral health maintenance and general wellness.
Scheduling Follow-Up Visits
If any issues arise during the check-up, your Dental at Joondalup dentist will suggest a follow-up visit to address these concerns. Follow-up appointments could include restorative treatments like fillings and crowns or consultations with specialised professionals such as orthodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and endodontists. Open communication is key throughout this process so you’ll remain well-informed about available options and potential steps.
Planning Your Next Check-up
When concluding your dental check-up, it’s essential to schedule the next appointment proactively. Generally, dental check-ups are recommended every six months; however, this may vary depending on individual oral health needs. We will send a text message or phone call reminder closer to the slated appointment date to ensure you’re well-prepared.
At Dental at Joondalup, we strive to provide exceptional dental care for our patients. Scheduling regular general dental checkups is a crucial aspect of maintaining a healthy and confident smile. Contact our dedicated team today to book your next appointment, and dive into the world of excellent oral health.