The Key to A Healthy Smile is Preventative Dentistry

At our Ballarat dental practice, we are firm believers in prevention being better than cure! You only get one set of adult teeth, so it pays to take exceptional care of them. Keeping up with regular check ups gives you and your family their best chance of achieving and maintaining great oral health. At Dana Street Dental, we don’t cut corners. So, your oral health is in safe hands with us!

Having a regular dental check up and clean allows your dentist to monitor your oral health. It allows them to prevent dental issues, but also detect and treat them early if they do appear. Regular check-ups are the foundation of preventative dentistry. They can save you a lot of discomforts, time in the dental chair and money in the long-run.

Even if you haven’t visited the dentist in years and are worried about what you may find, don’t delay further. We want our patients to feel good about themselves, their smile and their health. So, if you’re overdue for a dental check up and clean Ballarat – we’re here to help you.

Why Good Oral Hygiene at Home isn’t Enough

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home is an essential part of achieving a healthy and happy smile. However, on its own, it’s simply not enough. At home, you can brush your teeth, floss and check for problems by examining the outer surface of your teeth and gums. Your dentist, on the other hand, can go beneath the surface during a dental check up and clean.

Decay between your teeth and impacted wisdom teeth are common examples of oral health issues that may be unidentifiable without the help of your dentist’s knowledge, technology and tools. Regular dental appointments allow your dentist to check all the places in your mouth you can’t see and clean all the places your toothbrush can’t get reach.

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What to Expect During a Check Up and Clean?

The specifics of a dental check up and clean may differ slightly from one patient to the next. It may depend on various factors, for example, when they had their last check up and if they’re a new patient to our practice or not.

Generally, visiting our Ballarat dental rooms for a check up and clean appointment consists of 5 key steps.

Oral Examination

Our dentists take the time to get to know you. They begin by listening to any concerns you have with your current oral health before conducting a thorough oral assessment. Your oral assessment will include your dentist checking your teeth, gums and other soft tissues in your mouth for any signs of potential issues. They will also assess your jaw and check for any lymph nodes around your neck.

X-Ray

If you have not taken a set of dental x-rays in the last 2 years, your dentist may want to complete a current set. Dental x-rays are an essential tool your dentist can use to track your oral health over time. It gives them great insight into your teeth and their surrounding bone.

Findings and Tailored Dental Care Plan

If your dentist identifies any potential problems, they will present you with a tailored treatment plan. They will discuss all options with you thoroughly so you can decide with confidence. If you don’t need further treatment, we recommend that you visit again in 6 months for another check up.

Professional Clean

The next step is having a professional clean for your teeth. This is like a deep clean for your teeth and gums where stubborn, built-up tartar and stains get removed with special equipment. A professional clean gets in between your teeth and under your gum line where your toothbrush can’t reach, leaving your teeth squeaky clean.

Fluoride Treatment

The final step of your appointment is fluoride treatment. This gets applied to your teeth providing extra prevention against decay by strengthening the enamel on your teeth.