What you should do between each dental visit
Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can manage it by brushing and flossing regularly. Here are some tips for good oral care at home.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
At My Gentle Dentist @ Arana Hills we emphasize the need for regular dental check up as it helps to keep your teeth, gums and overall oral hygiene healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dental professional.
What happens at your dental visit?
There are 2 parts to a regular dental visit
1. Check up and examination
2. The cleaning or Oral Prophylaxis.
At the dental check up your dental professional will check for cavities and examine your oral hygiene including careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck. This is to look for any signs of trouble - swelling, redness, or possible signs of cancer. X-rays might be taken to detect cavities between your teeth.
Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become Tartar/ Calculus. You cannot remove tartar/ calculus with brushing and flossing. If plaque and calculus build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases.
Brushing and flossing help clean the plaque from your teeth, but you can't remove tartar/ calclulus at home. During the cleaning, your dental professional will use special tools to remove tartar/ calclulus. This is called scaling.
Scaling removes plaque and tartar
After your teeth are scaled, they may be polished. In most cases, a gritty paste is used for this. It helps to remove any surface stains on your teeth.
We recommend and perform, topical fluoride application on all teeth as a standard procedure unless a patient has a personal preference not to do so. The benefits of topical fluoride application far outweigh not doing the same.