Why do I need to visit Olive Tree Dental for a check-up?
You may assume you should have a dental check-up every 6 months, but some people may not need to go so often and others may need more frequent checks. It really does depend on how good your oral health is.
The time between check-ups can vary from 3 months to 18 months, depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems.
A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether.
At Olive Tree Dental we strongly believe in preventative dentistry, we will always aim to give honest, concise advice about various treatments. We will be able to show you with the oral camera what we can see during an examination. This is an amazing tool to explain to you what we see and help you have an informed decision on your treatment needs.
If during your dental check-up you want to find out more about other treatments on offer such as Cosmetic Dentistry treatments or Skin-Care related treatments we can arrange specific consultations with one of our specialised practitioners or therapists so you can rest assured that you are receiving expert advice.
What to expect during a dental check-up?
- Examination of your teeth, gums and soft tissues in and round the mouth and neck.
- Be asked questions about your general health and any problems you’ve relating to your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
- Be given advice on your diet, smoking / alcohol use, tea or coffee habits in addition to teeth-cleaning habits.
- Discuss a date for your next visit
After your check-up your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. You will be sent reminders closer to the time of your appointment so you don’t have to worry about missing any upcoming appointments at Olive Tree Dental.
The time to your next check-up could be as short as 3 months or as long as 18 months. We recommend that for children and teenagers up until the age of 18 visit the dentist at least once a year.
What is dental charting and when does it take place?
Dental charting is an important process in which your dentist or clinician lists and describes the health of your teeth and gums. Periodontal charting, which is a part of your dental chart, refers to the six measurements (in millimeters) that are taken around each and every tooth.
The charting is usually done during either routine dental check-ups or hygiene visits. It’s simply a graphic method of arranging information about your dental health & oral hygiene in a more comprehensive manner.
Why is it important to maintain a dental chart?
At Olive Tree Dental we believe that it is imperative to maintain and track the progress of your oral / dental health. Every time you visit Olive Tree Dental your chart will be updated as deemed necessary to include all the information, that way if you are seen by another dentist or hygienist or orthodontist or periodontal specialist each member of our team will have access to your history simply by referring to your dental chart.
Your dental chart
Typically a dentist or hygienist will check the inside of your mouth and then makes your dental chart accordingly.
By having a good look at your mouth, your hygienist gets information about your teeth and gums, and then makes notes on the chart about any important information that needs to be recorded.
Images / scans can also be taken in addition as supportive imaging to display the accuracy of the charting & kept on file for reference for any future treatments that may be required.
Areas that are covered and could be outlined in your dental chart include:
- Areas of decay (cavities)
- Gaps in your teeth or missing teeth
- Depths of your gum pockets
- Bleeding points during probing
- Bleeding in your gums
- Gum recession
- Teeth abnormalities (erosion or abrasions in your teeth or enamel)
- Damage to your teeth
- Presence of any existing fillings, implants, crowns or bridges.
- Presence of any aligners or braces
Follow-up after Dental charting
After your dental appointment, you will be given advice (a care plan) about how to maintain healthy teeth and gums, at Olive Tree Dental we adopt a more preventive approach, so we highly recommend you follow the after-care plan & try to maintain healthy teeth and gums with a long-term approach in mind.
This may include recommendations such as; flossing more regularly, using an electric toothbrush, avoiding drinks with high sugar content or even reducing caffeine where possible. Any additional treatments needed such as; needing a filing or crown fitted will also be included in something called a treatment plan.
Try to also ensure you go back for regular check-ups, our front of house team will send you reminders for when your next check-up or hygiene visit / upcoming treatment is taking place to ensure you have the date saved in your diary.