The best way to save time and money at the dentist is to visit regularly!
It might seem counter-intuitive, but twice-yearly visits to your dentist will save you long-term. If you wait until you have a problem with your teeth to visit the dentist, the damage is done. Regular check-ups allow you and your dentist the opportunity to prevent such damage and stop it in its tracks.
Your check-up and clean is the easiest way to take sensible preventative action, so why wait?
Good news; if you are brushing twice a day, flossing daily and staying on top of your dental check-ups, you’re already doing active maintenance! Any steps you or your dentist take in preventative care and repair are called ‘active maintenance’.
Unlike passive maintenance (attending to dental health issues only once they have developed), active maintenance involves any measures taken to diminish the risk of oral health problems in the future. This is, by far, the most practical, cost-effective, and healthy way of taking care of your teeth, gums and jaw.
If you’re not already, here are a few ways you can participate in your own active maintenance:
– Brush your teeth twice each day
– Floss daily
– Avoid hard, crunchy or chewy foods
– Reduce sugary food and drink in your diet
– Drink staining or sweet drinks through a straw to minimise contact with your teeth
– Keep hydrated
What to expect
We perform dental check-ups every day. They go a little something like this:
A standard oral health check-up will include a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth. With special focus on any problematic zones, your dentist will look for signs of decay, poor oral hygiene, damage, discolouration and other dental health obstacles. If they find anything suspicious, you’ll be given a treatment plan to repair the issue, and advice on how you can manage it at home.
That dentist-clean feel is like no other! During your check-up is the perfect time for your dentist to give your teeth a professional clean. Specialised tools allow your dentist to reach into the nook and crannies that your toothbrush can’t.
Depending on your oral health, your dentist might need to take dental x-rays to further examine your mouth. These are safe, and probably won’t occur at each check-up.
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In general, you should be scheduling appointments with your dentist roughly every six months. Though for some people, this may be more frequent. For instance, if you are prone to tooth decay, you may be required to visit your dentist more often.
When it comes to your dental health, active maintenance refers to any steps you or your dentist take in preventative care and repair. This include brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and ensuring that you go for regular dental check-ups and cleans. Other ways of participating in active maintenance include avoiding hard foods that could damage your teeth; reducing your intake of sugary foods and drinks; staying hydrated; and drinking sweet and staining drinks through a straw to minimise contact with your teeth.
In order to clean your teeth, your dentist will use specialised tools that will allow them to reach all the areas that your toothbrush can’t. During the process, any plaque and tartar will be removed with a scaler from in between your teeth and around your gum line. Your teeth will then be brushed with a high-powered electric toothbrush to give them a final clean and to remove any remaining tartar.
In some cases, your dentist will need to take an x-ray to further examine your mouth. This depends on your oral health, but your dentist will let you know if it is necessary.
Braces themselves don’t make your teeth yellow, but the build up to dental plaque, and the accumulation of sugar, acid from food and drinks and bacteria can lead to a yellowing of the teeth. Because the braces are covering part of the teeth it can be hard to sufficiently clean, which will lead to the yellowing of teeth. This can be mitigated by good dental health habits, and regular dental cleans at the dentist.
No, there are several other causes of tooth pain that aren’t a sign of cavities or decay. Pain can also be because you have sensitive teeth which are reacting to extreme food and drink temperatures. It can also be because of an injury to the area, caused by biting into something hard, and it could even be caused by sinus issues. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s important to get it assessed to determine the cause and get it treated.
Cavities between teeth, or interproximal cavities can be treated several different ways. Fluoride gel can be used to recalcify the area. Fillings can also be used to treat the teeth, first the decayed part of the tooth is drilled out and then the filling is applied. It depends on how severe the decay is and how deep into the enamel the cavity extends.