You should make an appointment to see your dentist at the Bendigo Dentist Clinic for check-ups and cleanings every six months. If you have more serious dental problems – gum disease, a genetic predisposition for cavities or plaque build-up, or a weakened immune system – you may need to see your dentist more frequently.
In some cases, life events, such as those that cause stress, serious illness, or infection can trigger changes in the mouth. In these instances, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with your dentist as necessary.
Scheduling an appointment to see your dentist every six months has its benefits, including:
- Giving your dentist the opportunity to identify problems that you can’t see or feel
- Early intervention to treat signs of decay or damage
- Treatment of undetected oral health issues
TYPICAL BENDOGO DENTIST CLINIC CHECK-UP
At the typical dental check-up appointment, the following health care activities typically will take place:
- Who Will Treat You? - You will receive treatment from both your Bendigo Dentist Clinic dentist and a dental hygienist. The dental hygienist will conduct the initial exam of your gums and teeth and keep track of any changes to our overall oral health, including the medications you currently use. The hygienist also will clean and polish your teeth and provide you with any instruction you require regarding home oral care. Your Bendigo Dentist Clinic dentist will conduct an oral examination of your mouth and gums, looking for everything from gum disease, tooth decay to oral cancer. Your dentist will ask about changes to your overall health or medications and will review the cleaning performed by the hygienist, as well as diagnose any oral health problems and make recommendations for treatment.
- Teeth Cleaning – Brushing and flossing your teeth at home is only part of your overall oral hygiene routine. Professional teeth cleaning performed at your Bendigo Dentist Clinic by your dentist or dental hygienist can supplement your home oral care by providing deep cleaning and the removal of hardened plaque that builds up on teeth. Hygienist use specialized dental instruments to properly clean your teeth. In some cases, ultrasonic scalers are used to provide deep cleaning both above and below the gum line.
- Teeth Polishing – To brighten your smile after your teeth have been professionally cleaned, your teeth will be polished to remove plaque and stains that may be present on the surface of the teeth. The polish contains both an abrasive substance and fluoride and is applied using a small rotating rubber cup or brush that is attached to a hand piece.
- Preventative Care – During your appointment at the Bendigo Dentist Clinic, the dental hygienist may offer you additional information about home oral care based on the results of your exam. Feel free to ask questions about brushing and flossing at home, or general care questions about your teeth and gum health.
- X-rays – Dental x-rays may be taken during your routine check-up. These provide a track record your dentist can refer back to when determining your dental treatment.
- Post-Treatment Recommendations – At the end of your appointment, if any oral health issues have been identified, your Bendigo Dentist Clinic dentist will recommend what steps should be taken next. These may include a referral to another oral health care specialist, additional diagnostic tests, or the recommendation that your schedule another appointment for additional treatment.
To make an appointment with the Bendigo Dental Clinic, please call 1800 754 671 or book an appointment online and we will call you back to confirm your appointment.