Residents in Moonee Ponds ask “Do I really need to see a dentist that often?”
There is a common misconception that you only need a dentist when you have a dental problem – and you don’t need to go back until you have another problem. In reality, the best dentistry is preventive dentistry. We want you to enjoy the benefits of feeling great and loving your smile every day, for the rest of your life.
When we see a new patient at Smile In Style, our first priority is correcting any existing dental problems. Once that has been accomplished, our next goal is to ensure that there are no more problems. We generally recommend patients visit us once or twice a year for preventive care visits with the dentist and hygienist.
Yes, you need dental teeth cleaning
You brush and floss every day. Why do you need to have your teeth cleaned at a dentist’s office? In reality, you probably aren’t getting all of the plaque off your teeth. Pits and fissures can be too tiny for the bristles of your toothbrush to clean, and it can be very difficult to clean thoroughly under bridges, around crowded teeth, or at the back of your mouth. Once plaque hardens, it becomes tartar, which is difficult to remove without dental tools. Even a small neglected area can lead to big dental problems. Your hygienist can clean every bit of every tooth surface, even below the gumline if necessary. This removes tartar before it has time to cause damage such as gum disease.
No, your routine appointment isn’t just about teeth cleaning
Cleaning is important, but it is just one of many reasons to keep your regular appointments.
- Disease screening – Your dentist or hygienist will check for signs or oral cancer, periodontal disease, and more. Early detection is the key to successful treatment.
- Cavity detection – Lapses in good oral hygiene can lead to cavities faster than you may realise. Additionally, some people are more prone to tooth decay even if they brush and floss regularly. We use advanced diagnostics to detect and correct cavities when they begin developing, before a significant amount of tooth structure is affected.
- Patient education – We will offer tips and advice for more effective oral hygiene techniques, nutritional advice and other healthy tips.