Dental check-ups from Bonfire Dental in Jindalee can help you maintain good oral health
Your teeth, gums and jaw all play an important role in keeping you in tip-top shape. Having regular dental check-ups is an ideal way to ensure you have good oral health, and to prevent any minor problems from becoming major issues. Regular dental check-ups can be the difference between needing a filling or needing root canal therapy, so it’s important to keep up to date.
At your regular check-ups, your dentist can also clean your teeth for a clean mouth that brushing and flossing cannot achieve. This not only helps to keep your teeth clean but can also keep your gums healthy.
How often should you have a dental check-up?
The conventional wisdom is that you should have a check-up and clean every six months. Visiting Bonfire Dental this often is a good way to maintain good oral health and prevent any serious problems from occurring. A dental check-up and clean isn’t just about your teeth. It’s also about taking care of your gums, since healthy teeth and healthy gums go hand in hand and give you the best chance for a dental health. Your friendly Bonfire dentist will work with you to ensure you understand the connection between your teeth, gums, jaw and overall health.
What’s involved in a dental check-up?
A dental check-up involves four steps:
- An examination of your teeth and gums.
- Cleaning your teeth to remove built-up plaque.
- Checking your oral health for any serious concerns.
- Topical fluoride is applied to complete the process (optional)
We also offer optional saliva testing. This can help to give your Bonfire Dental team a better understanding of your oral health and how best to treat you.
Oral hygiene Education
Part of a check-up is explaining not just how necessary a good at-home oral hygiene routine is, but specifically why it is so critical. Tell someone they should floss, and they might floss for a week; tell them 30% of each tooth can’t be cleaned by a brush and that is the most common cause of cavities, and they might change their tune.
Brushing (at least) twice a day is considered the foundation of any oral health routine. This process gets rid of harmful bacteria that can contribute to decay and gum disease. If you are only going to brush twice a day, remember to do it before bed and after breakfast. Going to bed without brushing your teeth causes more damage than forgetting in the morning since we produce less saliva when we sleep and saliva is our body’s way of cleaning our teeth. With minimised saliva production, bacteria have a better chance of attacking the enamel of your teeth.
Oral hygiene and diet
Diet in this sense refers to the food you eat on a regular basis. Your sugar intake, how much water you drink, and the kinds of food you eat can all play a role in the health of your teeth and gums. Drinking water – apart from the obvious benefits of hydration – is a good way of rinsing food debris from around your teeth. This, along with chewing sugar-free gum can be a good way of keeping your teeth relatively clean during the day.
Eating fruit and vegetables like celery and apple can also help to clean teeth since they promote saliva production. To find out more about the importance of saliva to your oral health, take a look at our saliva testing page.
Dental check-ups from Bonfire Dental
If you would like more information on dental check-ups or oral hygiene, or to request an appointment, please contact us today.