Dental checkups are an integral part of maintaining a happy, healthy smile.
Most dentists recommend scheduling a checkup every 6 months, but we ay NuDental understand that every patient is different and each case is unique so we evaluate our patients needs on a per case basis.
A checkup allows us to check whether you have any dental problems, and do some routine maintenance on your smile. It involves a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, will prevent minor problems from becoming major ones.
At the first consultation, we want to find out about your health, both oral and general. We need to be aware of your medical background as it may impact the way that they treat and diagnose issues – diabetes, for example, can increase the risk of gum disease and may need different anaesthesia. Certain medicines, meanwhile, can cause dry mouth, which can increase your risk of cavities. Importantly, all your medical information will be kept confidential.
After the first consultation, a full-check-up will take place, followed by a thorough treatment plan.
During the checkup, we check for cavities and to see if there’s any plaque – that’s the clear, sticky layer of bacteria – or tartar on your teeth. Next, we check the gums, seeing if the spaces between your teeth and gums are shallow. Gum disease becomes apparent when the spaces become deeper. We also check the tongue, throat, face and neck, looking for any signs of trouble or swelling as well as detecting any signs that might indicate oral cancer.
Plaque or tartar build-up needs to be removed, so we use special instruments to painlessly knock loose any larger pieces of tartar, and provide deep cleaning above and below the gum line – all with a tickling vibration. Once all the surfaces are smooth, they are polished to remove stains from the teeth.
Depending on your oral exam, dental history and any risk for developing cavities, a dental X-ray may be required. An X-ray can give us a good view of your jaw alignment, any decay between teeth as well as identifying any impacted teeth, abscesses, or cysts on the roots of your teeth.
After completing the check-up, your next visit will be confirmed - we recommend checkup dates based on your individual needs and oral health.