Dental Check-ups Port Macquarie
You may think you need dental check-ups every 6 months, but some may not need to go so often, and others may need to visit more frequently.
Regular care and prevention of oral diseases are the best care you can give to your teeth. Tackling problems before they occur will save a lot of bother (and money!) in the long run – it might save your tooth from being extracted or undergoing a root canal treatment.
Visit your dentist at least two times a year to get your teeth checked and cleaned.
Some non-dental conditions have symptoms that show in the mouth. A dental examination can reveal symptoms of vitamin and iron deficiencies, osteoporosis, or more serious conditions like diabetes, cancer, HIV and glandular fever, to name but a few.
What happens at your dental visit?
At each check-up, your Port Macquarie dentist should:
- Inspect your teeth, gums and mouth.
- Ask about your overall health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
- Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and oral hygiene routine.
- Discuss the date for your next visit.
Your teeth will also be cleaned at your dental visit. Brushing and flossing help remove plaque, but not tartar.
During the cleaning procedure, your Port Macquarie dentist will use special tools to remove tartar. This is called scaling.
Your teeth may be polished after scaling. Most of the time, a gritty paste is used for this. It helps to remove any stains on the surfaces of your teeth.
The last step is flossing. Your Port Macquarie dentist will use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.
After the Examination
Once the exam is done, your Port Macquarie dentist can give you advice on what to do next. Treatment can be discussed to address stained, chipped, crooked, and missing teeth, as well as those teeth with decay and gum disease.
It is important that you listen to this advice and put it into action as best you can to ensure that your next check-up is the best it can be.
What to do between each dental visit
Take care of your teeth and gums between each dental visit.
Plaque always forms on teeth, but you can control it by brushing and flossing regularly.
Here are some tips for proper oral care at home:
- Brush your teeth at least two times a day using a fluoride-containing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss daily.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help control bacteria. This will also help to keep your breath fresh.
Dental Check-ups in Port Macquarie
At Port Macquarie Dental Centre, we provide a wide range of dental services that will help you maintain your oral health and prevent dental issues from occurring, including dental check-ups.
Dental Check-ups in Port Macquarie
We are located at 38 Buller St in Port Macquarie.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I take my child to the dentist for their first dental check-up?
How often should my child visit the dentist?
Everyone has different oral health needs and risk levels that determine how often they should have a check-up. Talk with your Port Macquarie dentist about how often your child needs a check-up.
What's the best way to clean my child's teeth?
As soon as his/her first tooth appears, you can start using a toothbrush.
Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. You most likely can find a toothbrush designed for infants at your local drugstore.