Check Up & Clean – Preventative Dentistry
Check Up and Clean – Preventative Dentistry
Whether this is your first visit to Beaches Dental Mona Vale or your regular 6 monthly check up – a thorough check up and clean allows us to fully assess and monitor your whole mouth, checking teeth for signs of decay and wear and the health of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. A standard check up and clean consists of:
Updating your medical and dental history making note of any concerns you may have about your teeth and discussing these with you.
A comprehensive examination of the tissues, teeth and gums in your mouth – assessing the overall health of your mouth and the individual needs of each tooth.
X-rays may be needed to further check the teeth, allowing your dentist to see in between the teeth and under old fillings. Small ‘bitewing’ x-rays are commonly taken every 2 years to check for decay on back teeth while the larger full mouth ‘OPG’ x-ray is taken less frequently to check bone levels and wisdom teeth. Our x-rays are all digital to allow for immediate assessment.
On completion of the examination your dentist will discuss their findings with you and go through any questions you may have. They will discuss all the options available to treat your needs and together with you come up with a treatment plan that may just be as simple as adjusting your brushing technique to get all the way back to those tricky spots or more complicated restorative work.
Scale, polish & Fluoride – your dentist will then clean your teeth for you removing any build up (calculus/tartar) and plaque from your teeth. This build up is the main cause of gum inflammation (gingivitis) and can lead to gum disease that affects the bone around your teeth causing it to drop away (periodontal disease). Fluoride gel will then be applied to help strengthen the teeth with the aim to prevent decay.