Checkup and Clean

Checkup and Clean

How often should I get a check-up and professional clean?

It depends on your age, current oral health and oral hygiene habits. Early diagnosis of dental problems will lead to simple and more conservative treatments.   If your teeth and gums are healthy, and your cleaning habits are good, then every six months is a safe option.

How often do I need X-RAYS?

Again it depends on your current dental health. If your dental risk profile is low, then once every two years may suffice. However, if a cavity is being monitored, then as frequently as six monthly may be necessary to assess size and depth.

Sometimes there is a misconception that brushing at home is all that’s needed to maintain dental health.

Many people don’t realise the importance of professional cleans. Although good oral hygiene at home is very important, hard tartar (also known as dental calculus) cannot be removed without a professional clean.

Dental calculus can get trapped in the pocket between the gums and the teeth. Untreated calculus buildup will cause gum inflammation (gingivitis) in the short term and will cause receding gum disease (periodontitis) in the long term. The calculus is removed with a professional sonic scaler and usually causes minimal discomfort.

Professional cleans will also get rid of those hard to remove tea, coffee and red wine stains!

Signs that you may need a professional clean

  • Visible tartar buildup
  • Visible stains
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Painful gums