How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Have you ever wondered why the Australian Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, your dentist at Rosanna Family Dental may even suggest more frequent visits.

What Goes On During a Dentist Visit?

Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). Your dentist at Rosanna Family Dental will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.

At Rosanna Family Dental we will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practised between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.

During your regularly scheduled dental appointments, your dentist will likely look at your gums, mouth, tongue and throat. There are several routine parts to a dental examination.

Dental X-rays will be taken if required to check if any new cavities forming in between teeth which often go unnoticed with x-rays. Dental X-rays also tell the status of the bone around the teethSIX monthly check-ups ll help to get the problem in the start and avoid the need for major dental work