Dental Check-Up Brisbane | Dental Examinations
A dental check-up is an important part of Preventive Dentistry and allows your dentist to assess any of your dental concerns and the overall health of your teeth and mouth.
We recommend regular dental check-ups, and one check-up every six to twelve months is a good rule of thumb. However, your dentist will adjust this schedule in accordance with your individual dental needs. For example, if you are assessed at high risk for issues such as dental decay, your dentist may suggest more regular check-ups until your oral health improves.
A dental check-up lets your dentist assess your immediate oral health and also allows us to assess long-term issues, such as dental decay and gum disease, and start preventive treatment.
Your dental health aligns with many other factors, such as your diet, genetics, oral hygiene, and daily habits. We take these factors into account at a dental check-up to tailor any necessary dental treatment plans to your individual needs. Our goal is to provide dentistry that improves your quality of life, and regular dental check-ups are a vital part of retaining good oral health.
BOH Dental is a local Brisbane dentist, conveniently located on Adelaide St in the Brisbane CBD, and we are available for dental check-ups throughout the week.
What Information Do I Need to Tell my Dentist?
Your first check-up begins by collecting all the important information on your patient form, in order to build an overall picture of your dental health.
“We believe in understanding your concerns and hope to provide peace of mind when it comes to the status of your dental health. A dental check-up allows us to assess your teeth, gums, jaw joint, and surrounding muscles, and align these with an overall plan to get your teeth to optimum condition,” says Dr Angela Pu.
This includes an assessment of factors such as –
- Existing medical concerns and health issues
- Use of any medications (e.g. antibiotics, blood thinners, or any prescription medication)
- Dental history (e.g. previous injuries, dental anxiety, missing teeth)
- Allergies & hypersensitivity
Many different issues can impact your dental health, and your discussions with your dentist will help to create an understanding of the scope of your dental issues.
In many cases, people want a dental check-up to ensure they are maintaining their health, even though they are not in immediate pain, and do not require urgent dental treatment.
In other cases, immediate issues such as toothache, pain or swelling are present, and these require prompt discussion and treatment. Your dentist will thoroughly assess these concerns and offer any advice or treatment depending on your individual dental health.
Once your dental and oral check is complete, your dentist will discuss any overall findings and give you an overview of your treatment options and choices. Your dentist may also assess other issues that impact your dental health such as diabetes, anxiety and any of the medications that you take, and outline how these can be incorporated in your dental treatment plan.
Oral Cancer Screen, Dental Check-Up & Dental X-rays
During your check-up, your dentist will assess the health of your teeth, and the soft and hard tissues of the mouth, including gums, tongue, and palate. Dental issues that may be assessed include –
- Cavities & warning signs of dental decay
- Damaged teeth – fractures, cracks, chipping & dental wea
- Hot and cold sensitivity, or other discomfort or dental pain
- Plaque & calculus (tartar) build-up
This will allow to check your overall dental health, check everything is within normal ranges and also provides an opportunity to conduct an oral cancer screening.
Dental Clean & Follow-Up Appointments
If the condition of your dental health and time constraints permit, then your dentist may follow your dental check-up with a dental clean. This involves cleaning your teeth of plaque and calculus (tartar), the latter being calcified plaque that cannot be removed with a normal toothbrush.
Similarly, if complex dental treatment is needed, your dentist will explain this process and any possible further treatment options. These discussions are common in scenarios like the removal of wisdom teeth, multiple appointment restorations or root canal treatment.
“Our team-based approach means that your dental check-ups, and any suggested treatment, can be managed by a team of dental professionals to help you find optimal health outcomes. This is particularly beneficial in complex cases where multiple modalities of treatment are needed, even if it is just in the form of a second opinion from another dentist within our practice,” says Dr Angela Pu.