Check-up and Clean Brisbane City
Don't miss your six-monthly check-up and clean
Dental teeth cleaning is different to your daily tooth brushing at home. When you have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist, it involves removing plaque and tartar (calculus) build-up on your teeth, with the use of specialised instruments.
Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help to strengthen and protect your teeth. Over time, this results in the build-up of calcium deposits which looks like a chalky substance in between your teeth and gums.
What can I expect at a teeth cleaning appointment?
The dental hygienist will begin by loosening up the deposits in your teeth with an ultrasonic instrument. Depending on how much build-up there is and how often you get your teeth cleaned, this is usually the most time-consuming part of the process. Then, the dentist will switch to a fine hand tool such as a scaler and gently scrape any smaller deposits in between your teeth and gums. Once the dentist is satisfied with the removal of tartar and plaque build-up, they will polish your teeth and apply some fluoride to help strengthen your teeth.
Why do I need regular teeth cleaning?
If the plaque and tartar continue to accumulate on your teeth, it makes it harder for you to floss and brush your teeth at home. It also creates an optimal environment for bacteria to thrive next to your gums. Bacteria that harbour in your gums can cause inflammation and if left untreated, can potentially lead to gum disease.
Will it be painful?
We try to make teeth cleaning as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for our patients and most will say they find the process completely painless. Painful experiences may be due to sore gum tissues which can be prevented by regularly flossing. You'll soon forget any discomfort when your teeth are feeling smooth and looking clean.
Does a dental check-up include a clean?
No. A dental check-up is where your dentist assess the health of your teeth, gums and jaw. In some cases, a cancer screening may be performed.
A cleaning is where plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth. This is a type of cleaning you can’t achieve even with the best at-home oral care routine.
When should my child have their first dental check-up?
You can bring your child in for their first dental check either soon after their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.
This appointment is more to help get your child used to the dentist and dental visits. But it will also allow us to assess how their teeth are coming through and provide any advice if necessary.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned at the dentist?
At Bite Dental Studios we like to advise our patients to book in their teeth cleaning appointments every six months. Sometimes this may vary depending on your gum health and personal situation.
Frequently asked questions
What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria and food particles, and builds up on the surface of the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque, if left unremoved, can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If plaque is not removed by regular brushing and flossing as well as professional dental cleanings, plaque can harden into what is known as tartar. An accumulation of plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of the gums and lead to gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease. We recommend that you come in for a dental teeth cleaning every six months to get rid of any plaque that has built up over time.
How often should I brush my teeth?
We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day in order to maintain optimal oral health and keep the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth under control. When you brush your teeth, it is important that you brush for a reasonable amount of time. A quick 30-second brushing of your teeth is not enough to properly remove plaque, so we suggest that you brush for at least two minutes each time.
What does a comprehensive oral heath exam involve?
An oral health exam at Bite Dental Studios involves:
- Detailed review of medications, illness and allergies
- Extra oral examination of skin, lips, jaw muscles and lymph glands
- Check of jaw joints for arthritis, clicking or grinding
- Oral / mouth cancer check
- Full assessment of gum disease
- Measurements of the amount of scale and oral hygiene levels
- Assessment of any previous dental treatment
- A check for wear and grinding of teeth and any cracked or fractured teeth
What are the benefits of benefits of regular dental check-ups?
The benefits of regular dental check-ups and cleans can include: fewer cavities, less risk of oral cancer, gum disease or the need for root canal therapy.
Regular cleans from your dentist can remove plaque that brushing and flossing cannot remove.
Regular check-ups don’t only look at what’s visible above the gum line. With x-rays you whole mouth can be checked, allowing us to provide you with the best oral health care.