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Check Up & Clean

Although we all clean our teeth regularly at home, not all plaque can be removed by the toothbrush and floss. Over time, the soft plaque will harden around your teeth which will make it impossible to be removed with the toothbrush. If not removed, this hard plaque (calculus or tartar) could cause your gums to get inflamed (gingivitis) which could progress to a more serious form of gum disease(periodontitis).

Did you know?

  • Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the fifth most prevalent health problem among Australians(AHMAC 2001). Moderate and severe periodontitis was found in nearly one-quarter (24.2%) of Australian adults aged 18 years and older.
  • A variety of factors can influence the severity of the disease. Important risk factors include inherited or genetic susceptibility, smoking, lack of adequate home care, age, diet, health history, and medications.
  • Periodontal disease is a silent disease until it reaches advanced stages, so without a routine dental exam, you could have it but not know it. As this silent disease progresses over time, maybe years, bone loss will cause looseness of the teeth, movement or migration into a new and unstable position, and ultimately tooth loss.

Check ups

During your routine dental check up, we will conduct a thorough and effective oral exam. We will check for cavities, check the effectiveness of your oral hygiene methods, examine your gums, check your bite, check your lips, throat, tongue for early signs of cancer or other diseases.  Sometimes we will recommend X-rays.

Dental X-rays

X-rays or radiographs, are a very important part of any dental care treatment plan. They are not only diagnostic as they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential  issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a much bigger problem. 

There are two types of X-rays used in dentistry, intraoral and extraoral. 

  • Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of dental X-ray taken. These X-rays provide a lot more detail when compared to extraoral X-ray and allow your dentist to find cavities, check the health of the tooth root and bone surrounding the tooth, check the status of developing teeth, and monitor the general health of your teeth and jawbone.
  • Extraoral X-rays show teeth, but their main focus is the jaw and skull. These X-rays do not provide the detail found with intraoral X-rays and therefore are not used for detecting cavities or for identifying problems with individual teeth. Instead, extraoral X-rays are used to look for impacted teeth, monitor growth and development of the jaws in relation to the teeth, and to identify potential problems between teeth and jaws and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or other bones of the face.

What about the radiation?

Dental x-rays are very safe and have one of the lowest radiation dose. A routine exam which may include 4 radiographs is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural background radiation. 

We are also equipped with digital imaging radiograph which can reduce the amount of radiation to as much as 80% lower than the traditional dental X-ray equipment.

Be in charge of your health

Here at King Street Dental Practice we take a comprehensive approach to dental care. For optimal maintenance of your health, you should make regular visits to the dentist. Contact us today.