King East Dental - Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

The Check Up

Check Ups are for Adults too!

A regular check-up is one of the most important things you can do for your dental health, next to brushing and flossing on a regular basis.

Check-ups are not just to check for cavities, and they are not just for your kids. Check-ups are for preventing dental problems before they start and for making sure that problems you already have don't get any worse.

How a patient benefits:

Everyone needs to have dental check-ups and the reason is simple. Even if you brush and floss every day, you cannot see all the parts of your own mouth.

Your Dentist Can See These
  • Fillings, crowns and other repairs or restorations that are no longer in good shape
  • Root cavities, or cavities that form when the gums pull away (or recede) from the teeth and cavities around your fillings
  • Tiny cracks (or fractures) in a tooth
  • Wisdom teeth that are trapped (or impacted) in the gums
  • Early signs of gum disease
  • Early signs of oral cancer
  • Signs of other problems that could affect your general health

How often you go for a check-up depends on YOUR dental health needs. The goal is to catch small problems early. For many people, this means a check-up every 6 months. Your dentist may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tarter builds up on your teeth, and so on.

Parts of the Check Up

A check-up will include the following:

Medical and Dental update

A review of your medical history is completed to ensure there are no medical conditions that could influence your dental treatment. Having a list of your medications, doctor’s names and phone numbers are essential to have and should be brought to each dental visit.

Let your dentist know about any dental or mouth problems you have. Tell your dentist:

  • About any changes in your teeth such as changes in colour, looseness or position
  • If your teeth or gums are more sensitive to heat, cold or sweets
  • About any changes in your gums like changes in colour, tenderness or bleeding when you brush or floss
  • If your floss catches on rough edges of teeth and shreds
  • About any changes in the skin on the inside of your mouth, such as changes in colour
  • If you clench or grind your teeth, or if your neck and jaw muscles are tense
  • It's just as important to let your dentist know about your general health!

Examination and Treatment

An assessment of your head, neck, tongue, gums, teeth and other areas of your mouth are performed.

Your dentist looks for any abnormalities or concerns that could affect your general and oral health. Many small problems can be caught before they get big and can be treated right away.

Cleaning

A cleaning (called scaling and root planning) is performed by a dental hygienist to remove the hardened or calcified plaque build-up called tartar (also called calculus). Plaque is clear and sticky and it forms on your teeth every day. If plaque is left on your teeth, it hardens into tartar.

A cleaning is the only way to remove tartar. It cannot be removed with your toothbrush. If tartar is not removed, it can cause gum disease which can lead to tooth loss. A polish to remove any stain and plaque may be performed and if needed a fluoride application to prevent cavities and reduce sensitivity may also be required. Your dentist and hygienist will work with you to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. With regular care, good oral hygiene and prevention, we can help you attain and maintain optimum oral health.