Oral Health Questions
Your teeth, gums and mouth need to be hygienic and all these factors in general contribute to oral health. Consulting a dentist is the first recommended step as every individual has varied oral health.
Adults with normal dental health are recommended to visit the clinic every once in six months. For children, it would be once a year. Exceptional cases such as cavities, gum diseases, diabetes or any history of dental problems transmitted genetically may need more frequent visits. Please talk to your dentist to get the time-frame.
Once you get your appointment, you will have to arrive at the clinic in the chosen time slot. There will be a medical form that you will have to fill out. This gives an understating about your oral health to the dentist who is going to take care of you. You won’t be alone when you go through the form filling, our team will be at your service, guiding you through the steps.
You may gather your queries and issues before hand, this will help you have a fulfilled conversation with your dentist. The doctor will assess you in the laboratory. The usual procedure would involve assessment of gums, jaws and teeth. First, the teeth will be examined for any indication of decay. Soft tissue or muscle like tongue, and insides of cheeks, lymph nodes, bite, salivary glands are checked. The doctor also checks the functionality and condition of crowns, fillings or any other dental work that you may have gone through previously.
Some might need radiography or other examinations such as molds or cancer screening. Post assessment, the results will be explained and clearly discussed with you.
You will be give a report copy, while you can also clarify any queries or issues you may have. We will share oral health instructions, and also recommend treatment requirements, if any.
Teeth, mouth and gums are sensitive parts and a regular dental check-up allows your dentist to keep a track of your health requirements. This will also help trace any issues that needs to be treated in much early stages which can lead to prevention of further damage.
We also recommend that going through a regular clean-up reduces health problems. This is mostly applicable for children under 12, as a recent study says an approximation of 50% Australian children suffer tooth decay due to delayed responses. A constant check-up and precautions taken at early stages saves a lot of pain.
It is a thumb rule that children must pay their first visit within 6 months, as their first teeth emerge. Usually they get their first set of teeth in between 1-2 years of age. If the teeth are not emerging at this age or if there are any other issues, you should consider bringing your child to the clinic.
Dentists will do a basic checkup, unless there is anything in specific. The results will be shared with you, along with tips and best practices that help your kid’s oral hygiene.
Most of the times a problem is noticed due to the pain caused or it’s visibility. However, oral problems may not be visible in nature all the time and a professional’s interference is required to get a sure answer.
However, here is a list of signs that you can notice yourself, at home:
- Loose teeth: Hold the tooth and give it a mild tug. Try on at a time to see if you notice any loose teeth.
- Oral pain: This happens especially while chewing, observe which part is effected so you can explain it to your dentist
- Persistent bad breath: You don’t have to recognize, someone will let you know!
- Regular bad taste in mouth: Even your favorite burger tastes bad? You are the only one feeling something is off with the dish, while everyone around is enjoying the same? Time to do something about it!
- Sensitive teeth: If you notice any discomfort while consuming hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth.
- Swollen gums: Sometimes, the gums are deep red, more than usual, swollen or bleeding while brushing. Remember, gums should be pale pink.