With the New Year already started and holiday season sadly coming to an end, it is time for a dental check up. A dental check up is a consultation appointment where the patient can express their concerns about their dental issues. Firstly a “Check-up” is conducted whereby:
- All soft tissues are examined inside and around your mouth to assess for any lesions or abnormalities
- Gum pockets are measured and analysed for your risk of gingivitis or periodontal disease
- Teeth are examined for any diseases, broken or decayed teeth
- All previous fillings are assessed
- Finally any dental appliances (such as dentures or plates) are checked for fitting, comfort and retention.
If the clinician requires further insight to aid with their diagnosis, X-rays may be required:
- To check between the contacts of your teeth
- Positioning and Presence of teeth
- Presence and size of decay or broken teeth
- Presence of wisdom teeth
- To check under/or around fillings, crowns and bridges
How do you know if you need a dental check up? Here are 8 signs that mean you need a dental check up:
1 – Tooth Pain
People often suffer with toothache that may occur from eating, drinking and daily activities. Soon these everyday and normal activities became difficult. Call your local dentist for an dental check up appointment. Any form of tooth pain should be taken as a warning sign.
2 – Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is having some degree of pain or discomfort in teeth to certain stimuli. This can be from hot or cold temperatures. Having this pain or discomfort is often an indication of tooth decay. Treating tooth decay as soon as possible can help prevent the tooth decay from developing into something worse that will cost more to treat.
3 – White Spots on Teeth
Having white spots on your teeth may indicate tooth decay. Tooth decay is often not noticeable, however with regular dental check ups it can be detected and treated in it’s early stages. If you see white spots on your teeth, book a dental check up with your local dentist.
4 – Constant Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a condition where the salivary glands, located in your mouth, do not produce enough saliva. This can cause serve tooth decay and gum disease if it is left untreated. Therefore, if you are experiencing this often, you should call your dentist to book a dental check up for your dentist to have a look and advise a treatment plan.
5 – Chronic Headaches
Chronic headaches are often not linked with dental issues. However, common issues like grinding or clenching can cause headaches. This can also lead to neck pain, which in turn can cause back pain. If you feel like you grind or clench your teeth, then you should also call your dentist to book a dental check.
6 – Swollen Gums and Frequently Bleeding Gums
When you floss and brush your teeth daily, you may notice your gums either bleeding and/or inflamed/swollen. If you experience these symptoms, you may have a build up of hardened plague around your gum line. A dental check up would be beneficial to help clear up this hardened plague.
7 – Sores in the Mouth
A dentist can help figure out the cause of the sore and advise you a treatment method that is best suited for you. If a sore lasts more than a week, schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible.
8 – It has been more than 6 months since the last visit
Has it been over six months since the last dental check up? If this is the case, then a dentist appointment is even more critical. A dentist can clean between the teeth and discover the signs of an infection before it can spread.
This month is all about tips on how to keep your smile white and bright!
- Avoid smoking! Not only is this bad for your general health, but also for your gum health. Tobacco causes brown stains which penetrate into the grooves and pits of your teeth which is very difficult to remove with a toothbrush
- Minimise foods that cause stains – this includes red wines, berries, sauces, tea and coffee. You don’t need to take these out of your diet, but drink more water whilst enjoying these foods.
- Drink plenty of water! Not only will it keep you hydrated but also minimise stains staying stationary on your teeth.
- Have a regular oral home-care routine. This includes at least 2 minutes ofbrushing twice a day and cleaning in-between all your teeth with floss, flossettes or piksters.
- Lastly, have general dental check-ups and cleans! This is the easiest way to ensure your smile is kept white and bright.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how your smile can be whiter or brighter, speak to your dental professional today!
Tooth whitening is, as the name suggets, essentially making teeth whiter. It improves the look of one’s smile. Hence why it is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Teeth get their colour “depending on how light reflects and scatters off enamel”, the outer layer of the tooth, ” combined with the colour of the dentin under it.” A thinner enamel allows more of the colour of the dentin to show whereas a thicker enamel allows less of the colour of the dentin to show. Teeth can get stained by multiple things, however, some of the most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:
- Dark-colour liquids: coffee, cola, tea and red wine
- Not having proper brushing and flossing technique
If you are considering to have tooth whitening done, you should think about a few things before you get it done:
Fillings and Crowns can’t be whitened with this procedure. If you are planning on whitening your teeth, you will need to talk to your dentist about possibly getting your Fillings and Crowns re-done
“They will need to be treated before they are whitened because the whitening solutions can pass through decayed areas and reach the inner parts of your tooth.”
“If your gums have receded, the exposed roots of your teeth may appear yellow or discoloured. Whitening products will not make them whiter.”
You should book an appointment with your dentist to find out if whitening is for you or not. Sometimes to improve the colour of your teeth can result from fixing your brushing and flossing technique.*
*All of our August posts are dental tips on maintaining that perfect smile.
“Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel.” It can be caused by multiple things (diet is one of the main causes, alongside with not cleaning your teeth properly) and treatment can vary depending on how severe the case is. Tooth decay can also affect people of all ages. A “sticky film of bacteria” called plaque is constantly formed on your teeth; it is natural and this happens to everyone. However, when you eat or drink food that contains certain ingredients, such as sugar, the bacteria from the plaque can produce acids. These acids destroy the tooth enamel, which is the hardest and the outer most layer of the tooth, over time causing it to break down. This is when cavities can form. To treat tooth decay and cavities your dentist can apply concentrated fluoride, or you can get a filling. In severe cases, one can get crowns, root canal or even removal. There are ways to prevent tooth decay by followings these tips:*
Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner
Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking
Check with your dentist about the use restorative dentistry
Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination
Call us on 6255 7800 to book an appointment with your dentist or to get more information on ways to prevent decay
*All of our August posts are dental tips on maintaining that perfect smile.
Most people find it difficult and tedious to clean the gaps between their teeth. If you are one of these people then InterBrush may be the product for you.
InterBrush has soft, gentle and flexible rubber bristles that are wire free. This product is ideal for those hard to reach spaces between teeth, orthodontic appliances, around bridges, and even those implants and crowns. InterBrush comes in different sizes, just like those spaces in between teeth. We have the small blue (1.5mm – 3.5mm) and the medium orange (2.6mm – 4.4mm) ones; refer to the picture above for a visual reference.
Using these brushes is as simple as 1, 2, 3:
- Snap one InterBrush from the comb
- Carefully guide the InterBrush between your teeth
- Gently move the InterBrush in a backward and forward action*
Call us today on 62557800 to talk to your dentist for the right size for you.
*Do not push the brush with excessive force as doing so may cause the tip to break off!