We advise people to make routine dental appointments with us every six months. This enables us to keep a close check on your dental health and ensure that we identify any potential concerns before they become serious ones.

But we are aware that not everyone enjoys going to the dentist. We want to make sure your visit to us is a positive experience, whether you’re simply really busy and have been putting off scheduling that dental check-up for weeks or if you feel worried and scared about sitting in the dentist’s chair. In order to allay your concerns, the following is what to anticipate while visiting Gosford Dental Excellence for a checkup. 

Ahead of your appointment for a dental check-up

Typically, we advise patients to schedule their six-month check-up at the conclusion of each prior consultation. This will help you remember to arrange sooner rather than later. Before your check-up appointment, we’ll give you a reminder to make sure you can still make it. If not, we’ll offer you another time slot.

Getting to Your Dental Appointment

When it’s time for your appointment, our warm front desk staff will lead you to our welcoming waiting area where you may relax for a little while. While you wait, our friendly reception staff will put your mind at rest if you have any queries concerning your check-up.

Take a magazine from our coffee table, sip a beverage, and unwind here!

During the Dental Check-up

We’ll lead you to your dentist’s office when it’s time for your checkup. They’ll start with a brief conversation to address any questions you have and learn about any specific issues you may have. In doing so, your dentist will be able to examine your mouth in detail and keep a close watch on any issues that have been affecting you. Let your dentist know if you’ve had any pain, discomfort, or strange sensations, or if you have any worries about things like foul breath or an abnormally dry mouth so they can give you advice on the best course of action.

You’ll be invited to get into a comfortable position in the chair for the dental examination. Your teeth, gums, and mouth will next be thoroughly examined by your dentist. They will be looking for a variety of problems, including fissures in the teeth, tooth decay, early symptoms of oral cancer, plaque buildup, and gum disease. In order to ensure that there haven’t been any significant changes since your last appointment, your dentist will compare this to it.

After the examination is complete, your dentist will provide advice on the appropriate course of action. For many, this will only be their second checkup in six months. However, if there are any problems, you could be requested to schedule a follow-up procedure, such a visit to have your tooth filled. Your dentist may take an x-ray of your mouth to look for any underlying concerns, depending on what difficulties you have.

After the Check-up

Patients are often given  professional teeth cleaning by our dental hygienists as part of a dental check-up session. This will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove any plaque or buildup that may be difficult to remove with a toothbrush. If a professional cleaning is not an option for you during your dental checkup, you may schedule a dental hygienist appointment at a later time that works for you.

Our staff can provide guidance on how to effectively care for your teeth at home as part of your checkup and professional cleaning. If you don’t currently use dental floss or mouthwash, they could suggest adding them to your regimen. They might also advise you to brush your teeth more diligently in certain parts of your mouth.

After your examination and tooth cleaning is completed, we’ll give you a rinse to clean your mouth, and that’s it! You’ll be able to leave and resume your previous activity immediately. 

You shouldn’t have any numbness or discomfort after a check-up unless your dentist performed any type of treatment (which is uncommon during a check-up, unless it’s something extremely brief and basic!).

Our dentist will go through any recommendations or required follow-up procedures with you before you depart. Your next appointment, whether it be for a follow-up procedure in the following weeks or your next checkup in six months, will then be scheduled by our reception staff.