Preventive care is one of the most important aspects of oral health Every person is different and therefore, should receive individual dental care. However, a six-monthly check-up and clean is proven to dramatically decrease your chance of developing severe dental conditions and tooth decay. Oral health and overall health are closely linked and often impact each other greatly. By visiting Surf Coast Dental every six months, you are not only looking after the wellbeing of your teeth, but also your overall health. Preventive care is one of the most important aspects of dentistry. Not only does preventive care help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, it may also prevent the development of more serious oral health problems, which requires expensive treatment. Your preventive care should include regular six-monthly check-ups and an effective at-home maintenance routine. This at-home routine should include brushing at least twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing at least once a day to help reduce the build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth. What happens when you get a check-up and clean? When you sit down with us for a check-up and clean, the very first thing our team will do is discuss any existing areas of concern. Once this has happened, we conduct a thorough oral health examination. This is so we can identify any visual signs of damage, decay, gum disease and soft tissue damage. As we are unable to see the entirety of your teeth upon examination, you may be required to have an X-Ray if we suspect any problems below the surface of the teeth and gums. After your examination, a dental clean is conducted. A dental scale involves removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Over time, substances can begin to accumulate on the surface of your teeth, which may affect the integrity and health of the teeth. During your clean, all of these excess materials are removed that may have been missed during the scale. At the end of your check-up, we apply a fluoride treatment to help protect the teeth against any further decay. Why do you need a check-up so often? It doesn’t take long for plaque and tartar to build up on the teeth. Although you may be doing the correct at-home care, there is no way that you can remove all of the debris. By visiting a dentist every six months, effective removal of this harmful debris can be completed and a polish will leave the teeth smooth, making it difficult for bacteria to stick to them. Check-Up and clean at Surf Coast Dental Patients who visit Surf Coast Dental for a regular check-up and clean are given the very best service and care. Our Torquay practice is conveniently located and provides patients with a comfortable environment where they can trust the team and the treatment they receive. If it has been a while since you last visited the dentist or you have an oral health concern that you would like to have checked, contact the friendly team at Surf Coast Dental today! Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.