What does a routine check-up at the dentist in Green Square entail?

Contrary to many people’s beliefs that dental visits are accompanied by pain, discomfort and extremely invasive procedures, the average dental routine check-up can be quick and positively unmemorable if you possess a healthy mouth.

So what should you expect on the day of your dental appointment with us at the dentist in Green Square? With any luck, a gleaming smile from a clean and polish, and happiness knowing that your teeth and gums are plaque, disease and problem-free.

So what happens at your dental visit with us at the Healthy Smile Centre?

Your appointment with us is usually two-fold; the examination and the clean.

A series of X-rays may be taken if our dentist in Green Square suspects you have cavities - which show up as dark areas on these images.

Our dental practitioners will also check for plaque. Plaque is the filmy material that clings to your teeth. It becomes a problem if it is not removed with brushing and flossing, as it hardens into a mineral called tartar. This tartar can have devastating effects on your teeth and gums, leading to decay and gum disease in the long run.

Your gums are checked next, using an instrument that measures the pockets between your teeth and gums. Healthy gums have shallow pockets (the space between your gums and your teeth), while deeper pockets could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease can be caused by poor, or inappropriate, oral hygiene and can be reversed if caught during the infancy stages with a root scaling and planing.

Cancer screenings are administered by our dentists, which are not only an examination of the mouth but also the throat, face, head and neck.

What should I do to prevent dental issues between check-ups?

You should aim to see our dentist in Green Square every six months for optimal health and hygiene. That said, a lot can happen to your teeth in that time if not taken proper care of.

As obvious as this might sound, you need to brush and floss your teeth, and you need to do it well. Brush your teeth twice a day for two-to-three minutes and then floss after brushing. Many people fail to incorporate flossing into their daily cleaning routine, which is a common mistake. Simply brushing without flossing will not remove all the germs present in your mouth.

Accompany your brushing and flossing with mouthwash. This cleaning aid helps to reduce plaque and helps make your breath smell fresh.

Make sure that you are using toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride is the key ingredient of all approved brands of toothpaste. It helps to combat cavities, strengthens your enamel and reverses decay. Fluoride is a mineral found in nature that has been scientifically proven to protect your mouth from the onslaught of disease.

You should replace your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles become frayed. Brushing with a toothbrush past its expiry date will mean your brushing can be impaired.

Do not wait too long until your next visit to us - we all lead busy lives, but it is important to prioritise your teeth.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.