Dental Checkups

We all have heard by now that brushing twice daily, flossing, using mouthwash, and eating healthy foods are essential parts of keeping a healthy mouth, but did you know that regular cleanings are just as essential of a part of your dental health? Dental checkups, usually coupled with a dental cleaning are key to keeping your smile in top condition and avoiding more costly treatments and procedures that can sometimes be both expensive and uncomfortable. Avoid costly and painful treatments by seeing your dentist for a dental checkup regularly.

What Happens During a Dental Checkup?

Dentists will look mainly for 3 things during a routine dental exam. A dentist will typically look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. That means that dental checkups can not only save your smile, but they can help to save your life too by aiding in early detection of oral cancer.

Oral Cancer and Head and Neck Examination

At the end of your usual tooth examination with scaling, cleaning and polishing Dr Rourke will undertake an intra-oral Cancer Examination and Head and Neck examination using the Oral Cancer Organisation Oral Screening Protocol. To learn more visit The Oral Cancer Foundation

Lesions of Epithelial Origin

As a reference resource, we use DermNet NZ which is an internationally recognised resource for information sheets and images of over 2000 different types of skin and mucosal lesions.

How Often Should You Have a Dental Checkup?

For most patients, cleaning and checkup twice yearly are recommended however for some patients, dentists recommend 3 to 4  checkups and cleanings per year. Patients who need more frequent checkups and cleanings include smokers, people with gum disease, diabetic patients, people with asthma and other medical conditions that have systemic connections to oral health.

Author; Dr Jeremy Rourke, B.D.S. Hons. Syd Univ. Dental Surgeon

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