Caring for your teeth and gums
With regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist, and committed at-home care, you will maintain healthy, white, and functional teeth.
It is recommended to:
- brush your teeth before going to sleep and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
- spit out after brushing and do not rinse, that way the toothpaste stays in contact with your teeth longer
- clean between the teeth with interdental brushes or floss at least once a day
- keep an eye on your food habits and avoid bad habits like energy drinks
- have dental check-ups twice a year (or more often if you have a high decay risk, severe gum disease or a weakened immune system).
With regular hygiene and check-up visits, you can always stay on top of your oral health needs, of which some may not be obvious. Your dentist has the tools to detect some issues that may lie beneath the surface.
Some of the reasons to come in for regular check-up visits are:
- Tooth decay and disease assessment
- Cosmetic concerns and orthodontics
- Bite Problems and joint health check-in
- Discussion of hygiene habits
- Oral cancer screenings
The earlier you receive treatment for any of these complications, the easier recovery will be.
The first people you will meet at Wainui Dental will be our friendly front office coordinators, who will ask you to complete a medical form.
Our Dental Surgeon needs to be aware of your general state of health as this can often impact upon the condition of your teeth and gums and may effect medication such as anaesthetics and antibiotics we may use for you.
At your consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss any dental concerns you may have or how you would like your teeth improved.
Your Dental Surgeon will give you a full oral assessment during which he will be looking at:
- Teeth and the way you bite
- Original restorations – Fillings, Crowns, Veneers etc
- The health of your gums and the bone surrounding each tooth
- Your tongue, throat, cheeks & lips for signs of oral cancer
- Jaw joint evaluation
Usually once or twice a year x-rays will also be taken of your teeth to check for:
- Decay inside the tooth or between the teeth
- Abscess or cysts on the roots of your teeth
- Root positions
- Bone loss
Once the examination is complete the dentist will discuss the findings with you.
If cavities are found or your Dental Surgeon feels that your oral hygiene needs to be improved, he will create a treatment plan outlining the work to be carried out and provide you with an accurate cost quote of the proposed treatment.