When was your last dental check-up? It’s important to visit the dentist every six months and at van der Walt Dental we have comprehensive dental check-ups and cleans to make sure your mouth is healthy and clean always.
Our team ensures every patient, from the youngest to the eldest feel welcome, comfortable and calm as soon as they walk into our dental clinic.
Six-monthly dental appointments
Visiting the dentist every six months is recommended to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During your dental check-up, there will be two parts – the check-up, and the professional clean.
The dentist will check your oral health for any signs of trouble. You will also have x-rays taken as they see more than the eyes and can detect any problems between the teeth and below the gumline.
We will also actively check your mouth for signs of oral cancer, as well as feel your lymph nodes, face and lips.
Professional dental clean
Once we have finished checking your oral health, our dental hygienist will clean your teeth and overall mouth, leaving it feeling fresh.
You will also be provided with a fluoride treatment to help remineralise and strengthen your enamel.
Benefits of having regular dental check-ups
There are many benefits to visiting the dentist regularly, including:
- Healthier and cleaner mouth
- Detect problems before they become worse
- Helps identify any misalignment or bite issues
- Tartar and plaque removed
- Learn good oral health
- Screening for oral cancer
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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I get a Dental Clean?
Firstly, it is important to realise that a dental “clean” is a general term describing a range of procedures from a simple plaque removal to a very complex root debridement therapy requiring local anaesthetic and done over several appointments.
The frequency of dental cleanings can vary depending on your specific dental health needs and the recommendations of your dentist or dental hygienist. In general, most people benefit from having a dental cleaning every six months. This interval allows for the removal of plaque and tartar buildup that may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
However, it’s important to note that some individuals may require more frequent cleanings based on factors such as:
- Periodontal health: If you have gum disease or a history of gum problems, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings, such as every three to four months, to help manage the condition.
- Oral hygiene habits: If you have poor oral hygiene practices or are more prone to plaque buildup, your dentist may suggest more frequent cleanings to prevent the progression of dental issues.
- Dental history: If you have a history of frequent cavities or dental problems, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings as a preventive measure.
- Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions or medications can increase the risk of dental problems. If you have conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or a weakened immune system, your dentist may advise more frequent cleanings.
It’s important to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist for personalised recommendations based on your specific oral health needs. They can assess your oral health, consider any risk factors, and determine the ideal frequency of dental cleanings for you.
Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?
Dental X-rays, also known as dental radiographs, are an essential part of dental care and play a crucial role in diagnosing and monitoring oral health conditions. Here are some reasons why dental X-rays are necessary:
- Detecting tooth decay in areas not visible during a regular exam.
- Assessing tooth and root positions for orthodontic treatment or extractions.
- Evaluating gum health and diagnosing gum diseases.
- Detecting impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth.
- Diagnosing oral infections, abscesses, or cysts.
- Planning dental procedures like implants, root canals and extractions.
It’s important to note that dental X-rays are generally safe, and the radiation exposure associated with modern dental X-ray equipment is minimal. Dentists follow strict guidelines and use appropriate safety measures, such as high speed, low dose x-ray sensor plates to minimise radiation exposure and protect patients.
The frequency of dental X-rays varies depending on individual needs, oral health conditions, and risk factors. Your dentist will consider these factors and determine the appropriate timing and frequency of X-rays based on your specific situation.
How Do I Practise Good Oral Hygiene at Home?
Practising good oral hygiene at home is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing dental problems. Here are some key practices to follow:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes.
- Floss daily to remove plaque and debris between teeth.
- periodically use plaque disclosing tablets to check how effectively you are brushing and flossing.
- Use mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Maintain a balanced diet, limiting sugary and acidic foods.
- Limit tobacco and alcohol use for better oral health.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Remember, good oral hygiene practices at home are essential, but they should be complemented by professional dental care. By combining proper home care with regular dental visits, you can keep your smile healthy and prevent dental problems.