EXAM, CHECK UP & CLEAN
At Contemporary Smiles, we have a strong belief that “Prevention is better than the cure”.
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How often should I book a Check Up & Clean?
To keep your teeth and mouth in top shape, you should be visiting your dentist for an exam, checkup and clean at least twice a year.
Regular brushing and flossing is important, but unfortunately is often not enough to remove the stubborn plaque and tartar that slowly accumulates on your teeth.
Despite the rapid pace of technical innovation in the techniques and materials available to dentists, whatever we do still comes a distant second to what nature gave you.
Our approach is to empower and educate our patients that dental disease and failing teeth are not inevitable and that with the correct professional and home care advice, patients can prevent or significantly reduce the amount of dental treatments required.
During your regular check ups we’ll ask you about any issues encountered since your last appointment. Your dentist will examine your mouth for any signs of cavities, plaque, and gum disease. X-rays will be taken (if we do not hold any on file for you), and then a professional clean is performed to remove any plaque or tartar build-ups from your teeth.
“Routine Dental Check-Ups help prevent the need for more extensive future dental treatment.”
Preventing dental disease is at the core of our practice philosophy here at Contemporary Smiles.
What’s Involved in an Exam, Check Up & Clean?
At your first appointment we take the time to listen to your concerns and to what your treatment objectives are.
During your exam, check up & clean, your dentist will start by checking for problems such as cavities. Using the latest in dental technology, we complete a detailed and thorough exam where we use digital x-rays and intra-oral photographs of your teeth to document the current state of your overall oral health.
If further radiographic examination is required we have the ability to take a cone beam CT scan or digital OPG onsite. This is especially helpful where more complex dental treatment is required.
We take the time to show and explain these images to you and discuss in detail what is causing any dental issues that may be occurring. Our belief is that our patients need to thoroughly understand the issues to know how to fix them.
Next, we check your gums. This is done with a special tool to measure the depth of space between your teeth and your gums. With healthy gums, this space is shallow. When people suffer from gum disease, this spaces may become deeper. The check-up also includes a careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck. This is to look for any further warning signs – swelling, redness, or possible signs of cancer.
If treatment is necessary, we discuss in an open and honest manner the pros and cons of the various treatment options that are available. We often use pictures of treatments that we have personally carried out previously to help educate patients as to what we can deliver. We also provide patient education leaflets from the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
We provide a treatment plan and give an estimate of costs of any treatment that may be required. We often print off pictures of areas of concern, for our patients perusal at home. Our helpful treatment support staff can co-ordinate with your health fund.
What you can expect from an Exam, Check-Up & Clean is a painless process that leaves you teeth and mouth in a strong and healthy state for the next 6 months.
Routine Dental Check-Ups
Once you have completed an initial consultation and the treatment required has been identified, we customise the length of time between routine Check-Ups depending on your level of risk to dental disease.
The main benefit of routine dental Check-Ups is to catch issues that may arise early. Obviously the earlier a condition is identified the easier and cheaper it is to fix, with a vastly better prognosis for the future. We will also identify if any issues are not stabilising and will seek to implement strategies to prevent further deterioration.
An Exam, Check Up & Clean at Contemporary Smiles includes:
A Comprehensive Oral Examination
- X-rays will be taken (if not already on file). These x-rays will reveal any abnormalities in your teeth and your supporting oral structure that may otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
- An examination of your lymph nodes will follow. Attention is paid to any pain, tenderness, & mobility.
- We will assess your jaw mobility, along with the surface area of your mouth and your lips.
- An assessment of your bite will be carried out in order to uncover potential areas of discomfort and potential for improvement.
- Significantly, we will conduct a full tooth record, noting the full condition of each of your individual teeth. This will determine the extent of any dental work that may be needed to ensure optimal oral health and wellbeing. Inta-oral photos of each tooth will be taken to substantiate these findings.
- An Assessment of your gum health and soft tissues will also be carried out.
Lastly, we’ll discuss all relevant findings with you, and communicate openly and constructively about the need for the development of a treatment plan.
A Scale and Clean
The ”scaling” part of the procedure involves the use of a precision instrument called a ”Scaler” to remove the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth.
The ultrasonic cleaner may also be used at this point to clean below the gum line.
Upon removal of any plaque and tartar build ups on your teeth, we’ll proceed to polish your teeth with a special variety of toothpaste that may feel a little gritty, but it helps to remove bacteria that may be still lingering on your teeth.
A good polish will also make your teeth look and feel exceptionally clean.
X-rays (if we don't already have them on file)
We perform dental x-rays at our practice in Corrimal. These are images of your teeth and mouth that we use to evaluate your oral health and to identify problems like cavities, tooth decay and issue beneath the gum line.
Taking an x-ray is completely painless and on takes a matter of seconds. Once we have taken x-rays of your mouth, we keep these on file so we do not need to re-take them every time you visit our practice.
At your first appointment we take the time to listen to what your concerns and treatment objectives are.
Using the latest in dental technology, we complete a detailed and thorough exam where we use digital x-rays and intra-oral photographs of our patients teeth to document the current state of our patients oral health.
If further radiographic examination is required we have the ability to take a cone beam CT scan or digital OPG onsite.
This is especially helpful where more complex dental treatment is required.
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“Dental check ups play a major role in preventing minor dental problems from developing into something more serious.”
What you should do between visits
It is very important to ensure that you take care of your teeth and gums between your regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can manage this problem by brushing and flossing regularly.
Here are some suggestions for good oral care at home and between dental visits:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains a high level of fluoride (we can help you to choose the right toothpaste if required).
- Floss daily.
- Use a mouthwash to help control plaque bacteria. This will also help to keep your breath fresh.
- Don’t wash out the toothpaste from your mouth after brushing.
- Use an electric toothbrush rather than a standard brush.
Facts About: Exams, Check Ups & Cleans
Here are some interesting facts about regular dental check-ups:
- Regular dental visits (at least every 6-months) are extremely important in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- There are two parts to a regular dental visit: The exam and check-up, and The Clean.
- During the dental check up, your dentist will check your overall oral health for any signs of trouble or other concerns you may need to address.
- During the cleaning, your dentist or dental hygienist will remove any plaque and/or tartar build-ups and will polish your teeth as well.
- You should visit the dentist at least twice a year (or as recommended by your dental professional).
Frequently Asked Questions
Our patients ask lots of questions. We’re glad you do as it means we can make your visit to the dentist a pleasant an enjoyable time. Here are some of the questions we frequently get asked:
How do I find the best dentist to visit?
With so many dentists to choose from, how do you know you’re choosing the right one? Just make sure your dentist is good at the following:
- Actively listens to you
- Educates you on treatments and oral health
- Respects your time and resources
- Keeps a tidy practice
- Doesn’t up-sell to you
- Gets to know you
- Follows-up with you
- Values you as a patient
Ultimately, the right dentist for you always gives the care that you and your family deserve.
Why is a dental health checkup so important?
Dental health check-ups are a vital part of your overall oral health regime. If you wish to maintain happy and healthy teeth and gums you should aim to book an examination, check-up and clean at least every 6 months.
During your check-up and clean, your dental professional will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas, and will remove any plague and tartar build-ups that you are unable to remove with normal brushing and flossing.
Is dental hygiene important to my overall health?
Your oral health is actually a window to your overall health, and problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. Poor oral health may contribute to a number of conditions, including heart disease, pneumonia, diabetes and endocarditis.
This makes it important to practice good oral health techniques every day. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day; floss daily; limit your sugar intake; replace your toothbrush every three months; and schedule regular dental check-ups and professional cleans.
What is the average cost of teeth cleaning?
The cost of a professional check-up and clean at the dentist varies from practice to practice, but according to the website Choice who conducted a survey in Australia in 2017 on How much it costs to see a dentist, the price varied from $150 through to $305.
Pricing does depend on a variety of factors, including location, overheads and variances in the methods used (not all fillings are the same). But something you should always look into before booking a check-up and clean is what is actually included in your dental check-up.
If you book your regular check-ups at Contemporary Smiles, you will receive the following treatments:
- a comprehensive oral exam
- a scale and clean
- X-rays (if we don’t already have them on file).
This would cost a total of $255.00 (although would be a much less if you have health insurance that covers dental treatments).
Price is obviously a factor, but is not the only important thing to look at when choosing a dentist for your next exam, check-up and clean.
We have introduced an Oral Heatlh Therapist led preventive program for our patients with fantastic results.
Here at Contemporary Smiles we are lucky to have a fantastic oral health therapist in Ms. Diamanta Tambakis.
During your first visit, she will document the current state of your gum health; deliver a thorough yet gentle clean, and tailor a preventive home care program to help prevent gum disease and decay depending your own level of risk.
Often, our patients see Diamanta more regularly than the dentist. Generally the more time and effort put in with Diamanta and the home care regimen provided by her will result in less need for intervention by one of our dentists!
Oral Health Therapist – Ms. Diamanta Tambakis
BOOK AN EXAM, CHECK UP & CLEAN
To book a professional exam, check up and clean, contact Contemporary Smiles Dental today – call our Corrimal Dental Clinic on
(02) 4283 5995