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What to Expect During A Routine Check-Up And Clean

Is It Time For Your Teeth To Be Checked?

Having a regular check-up and clean presents a variety of benefits and not just to your oral health. Regular dental check-ups are proven to improve your smile and appearance. It also increases self-confidence and self-esteem. However, it is understandable that it can be a nervous experience as you hope that there are no significant dangers found in your teeth. We’re here to tell you that this is completely natural. A dentist doesn’t expect your teeth to be crystal perfect immediately.

The various benefits that a regular check-up at the dentist provide include keeping your teeth and gums strong. Without regular check-ups, you could be promoting the risk of attracting various forms of bacteria and cavities.

A routine check-up and clean is typically split into two parts; a medical examination and the cleaning process.


Medical Examination

Before any treatment begins, the dentist (or your hygienist) will be keen to understand the current state of your teeth and this will be done by viewing your current medical history. The purpose is to examine the current state of your teeth along with identifying any other health benefits you have experienced in the past.

The examination will include checking for cavities through X-rays if necessary, along with any plaque and tartar. Tartar cannot be removed simply by brushing or flossing and requires special equipment to remove. If your teeth are in the clear, the dentist or hygienist will check the structure of your mouth such as the gums to check for any diseases.

The final part of the examination is to ensure you are not susceptible to any signs of cancer. This is looked for through examining your tongue, head and jaw.

Cleaning Process

If there are no major anomalies or concerns with the examination, the dentist will proceed with the cleaning process. The process of cleaning is known as Scaling. The process is used with special equipment, typically with ultrasonic scalers which provide a deep clean within the gum line.

Once the teeth have been cleaned and the dentist or hygienist is satisfied with how your teeth look, they will consider polishing them. The tooth surface is cleared of any stains or plaque, typically with fluoride paste.

After the polish is complete, you will be given some liquid to flush and rinse out any debris from the polish that remains from the surface of your teeth.

Post-Cleaning Examination and Aftercare

Once your teeth have been cleaned and your oral health is safe from any signs of cancer signs or developing bacteria, an aftercare plan will be recommended which typically consists of how you should look after your teeth before the next check-up appointment.

You should expect to hear about these tips from your dentist or hygienist:

  • Continue to brush your teeth and floss twice a day
  • Avoid sugary treats as much as possible or eat them in moderation
  • Use fluoride toothpaste where possible
  • Use a toothbrush with softer bristles
  • Limit acidic or soft drinks


Are you looking to get your teeth checked? Contact Sutherland Dental now and book your appointment with our professional team. Simply click here to book.


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