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Checkup and Clean

Woman flossing her teeth with a smileYou’ve likely heard the saying, “prevention is better than cure.” We agree. At Smile Creation, we encourage patients to take a preventative approach to their oral health. Coming into our office two times a year for a checkup and clean is one of the best ways to ensure your teeth, gums and mouth stay healthy!

What to Expect

The following will take place at your checkup and clean appointment:

  • Dentists Dr Sanjay Khanna or Dr Yeganeh Akbari will examine your teeth and the soft tissues. These include your gums, tongue and cheeks.
  • X-rays will be taken to rule out cavities.
  • Photographs will be taken to take a record of any wear and tear on your teeth.
  • Your dentist will perform an oral cancer assessment.
  • Using an ultrasonic tip, your dentist will clean your teeth to get rid of all the tartar buildup or plaque.

Regular dental visits are critical to a healthy mouth. Your dentist can determine if you have any plaque, cavities or gum disease that needs to be addressed. If you don’t care for your teeth properly, you may experience oral pain, tooth loss and feel self-conscious about your smile.

A preventative approach also can save you money down the road. That’s because skipping regular checkups and cleans can lead to costly treatment. A routine dental visit allows us to identify and treat smaller dental concerns before they get bigger and potentially more expensive.

Isn't home care enough to keep my smile healthy?

While adopting scrupulous oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily are critical, professional cleans are necessary to remove tartar buildup.
Is it safe to have a checkup and clean during pregnancy?

Yes, but we do not take X-rays on pregnant patients. Because the hormones in your body can negatively impact the gums during pregnancy, it’s critical to see a dental professional. During pregnancy, there’s a greater likelihood that gums become inflamed, infected and bleeding, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
What are some things I can do to improve my oral health?

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time using toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss your teeth once a day.
  • If you play contact sports or grind your teeth, wear a protective mouthguard.
  • Don’t smoke, vape or chew tobacco.
  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugary snacks and junk food.

Should I use a mouth rinse?

If your mouth is healthy, brushing twice daily and flossing once a day are typically all that you need to do when it comes to oral hygiene habits. You can certainly include an over-the-counter mouthwash as part of your oral care routine if you like; it’s just a preference, but using mouthwash isn’t necessary.

When choosing a mouth rinse, select one that doesn’t contain alcohol. For years, many over-the-counter varieties contained alcohol, which can dry the mouth and be harmful in other ways.

For those patients with gum disease, we may prescribe a medicated mouth rinse to maintain a healthy mouth.

Using a mouth rinse should never be considered a substitute for brushing and flossing.

Book an Appointment

Keep your teeth in tip-top condition. Contact our Bundoora dental office today to schedule a convenient appointment. We look forward to caring for your smile!

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Checkup and Clean Bundoora, Mill Park, Greensborough VIC | (03) 9467 5548