Examinations

Regular dental examinations are imperative to your oral health, and the prevention of dental problems in the future.

We recommend regular six-monthly check-ups for adults and children. Parents should start bringing their children along from the age of two, or ideally six months after their baby teeth appear. However, if you are a smoker or suffer from periodontal disease, you may require more frequent visits to maintain your dental health.

In many instances, people avoid regular dental check-ups and it is not until they experience pain and discomfort that they visit the dentist. Unfortunately, these symptoms are often a sign of more significant problems such as cavities, gum disease and other oral complications that could have been intercepted during regular check-ups.

A routine dental examination generally includes the following:

  • Evaluation of your overall oral health and hygiene
  • Check for tooth and root decay
  • Check the health of the periodontium
  • Check the health of oral soft tissues
  • Check previous dental treatments, including root canals, dental fillings and crowns
  • Complete a scale and clean, to remove plaque and tartar (calculus) that is unable to be removed with normal everyday brushing at home
  • Depending on your oral health status, fluoride treatments may also be recommended (every three, six or twelve months)
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