Examinations and Teeth Cleaning

Why you need dental examinations and teeth cleaning

According to the Australian Dental Association, tooth decay is one of the most prevalent health conditions in the country. Research shows that Australians generally neglect dental hygiene. Three in every 10 Aussies admit to brushing only once a day, and very few care about regular dental exam.

Importance of visiting your dentist

Most people think their daily dental hygiene is enough, and this is why millions of people suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral problems without them realising it. Complete oral care comes with regular dental check-ups.

Only a dentist can discover teeth problems or gum disease before they get worse. Early discovery of cavities or gingivitis makes treatment easier and cheaper. For people with healthy teeth, regular checks avert development of problems.

How often should you go to your dentist?

It depends on your current oral health. People without teeth problems and with good oral hygiene may only need to seek an appointment with their dentist once a year. For the rest, they may need to see their dentists more often. Your dentist will tell you when you need to come back for another check-up, teeth cleaning or other procedures.

Why is professional teeth cleaning necessary?

For that perfect smile. Dentists have instruments and safe technology for cleaning procedures that are much more effective than regular brushing and flossing.

  1. To find tooth problems. Cleaning is also a way to assess individual tooth health. In many cases, your dentist may discover a seriously diseased tooth that may need extraction or filling.
  2. To prevent gum disease. Bad oral hygiene leads to gum disease and later tooth loss. Receding and bleeding gums are signs of gum disease or gingivitis. While it is not always due to poor oral hygiene, it still needs to be assessed by your dentist. If you don’t have gum disease, that’s great, but you still need professional cleaning once in a while to make sure you get rid of plaque and tartar, which you can’t remove through ordinary brushing.
  3. To know better oral hygiene. Dentists will know bad brushing habits by simply looking at the condition of your teeth. During cleaning, they can teach you how to properly brush and floss your teeth to effectively remove food particles and debris in between teeth.
  4. Don’t wait for a serious tooth decay to set an appointment.