What happens in the chair during your checkup and clean?

Jannali Dental Care checkup and clean

You’ve always wanted to know, right?

Pretty much everyone knows how important it is to have a routine dental clean.  And if you don’t know it yet, you certainly will after you read this blog.

Your regular dental clean has one primary goal: for us to get rid of all your plaque and tartar deposits.

Regardless of how thorough your home oral hygiene is, a regular checkup also give us an opportunity to examine your teeth and detect gum disease, inflammation, look for any holes in your teeth, or detect other more rare nasties like oral cancer.

Having your teeth cleaned every six months also helps keep bad breath at bay. And no one in their right mind wants bad breath.

So What Happens During Your Clean?

A professional teeth cleaning is way more thorough than what you do at home.

While daily brushing and flossing are great, it’s very difficult for you to reach plaque that is hiding between the teeth and along the gum line.

In the clinic, we use special tools to remove sticky plaque and hard tartar deposits from the surfaces of your teeth above your gums. And only a dental professional will be able to remove plaque that has hardened into tartar.

And after we’ve removed stubborn plaque and tartar, we polish your teeth enamel with a gentle abrasive paste.

Polishing the tooth makes it more difficult for plaque to accumulate before the next cleaning. It also helps your teeth feel clean and healthy. And it can remove surface stains so your smile shines a little brighter.

During this process we will  squirt some water into your mouth and ask you to swish.  The rinsing stage helps remove any residual tooth polish.

Finally we will floss your teeth. This will remove any plaque that could be lurking between teeth.  It also lets us know where gum bleeding occurs.

Last but not least, we apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth. This can protect your teeth from decay for months.

How Long Does a Teeth Cleaning Take?

A teeth clean can last between 30 minutes and one hour. During this time, you will lie back in a comfortable dental chair while we examine your teeth.

Remember at Jannali Dental Care we have Netflix to keep you, or your kids, distracted.  We know cleans can be a bit uncomfortable at times, so we try to be as gentle as we can.

The Examination

Once your teeth are all nice and clean, we conduct an examination.

In the past, dentists always used a metal probe and angled mirror – but now we use many different types of equipment to give your mouth the big once over.

We are looking for any signs of tooth decay and check for other issues with your gums like deep pockets, redness, or inflammation. We also take a squizz at your bite and jaw alignment.

We look for any issue, big or small.  Remember your mouth is the window to your overall health. Oral hygiene and a healthy mouth is very important.

Your appointment may take longer if we need to take X-rays or if we need to discuss options for treatment for something that needs attention.

It’s also a good time to ask us about areas of your mouth where your brushing and flossing routines might need a bit of help.

There are some common spots a lot of people miss when brushing their teeth so feel free to ask us where yours are.

We are here to help you keep your teeth in the best possible shape as you get older.  It’s sooooo true that a regular dental clean and check is just as important as an annual health check with your Doctor.

So now that you know what is involved, don’t let the year slip by without giving your mouth some love.💘

Are You Living with a Sensitive Tooth?

It’s a beautiful day out and you decide to treat yourself to an ice-cream🍦…….you take the first mouthful and you’re hit with a jolt of extreme pain. OUCH!

Maybe this sounds a bit too familiar?

Many of us have experienced a sensitive tooth at some time in our life and perhaps you are living with one right now.

We do have great news though, tooth sensitivity is usually easy enough to fix if it’s treated early.

✔️ Understanding your teeth a little better

Each tooth has a hard enamel crown but every one of our teeth is hollow. Inside this hollow space is a group of blood vessels and nerves that connect to the main nerves of the jaw. These nerves, if they become exposed, cause us pain.

✔️ So, what are the causes of Sensitive Teeth?

There are several reasons and causes for sensitive teeth. Firstly, many people believe that only cold sweets like ice cream can trigger tooth sensitivity.

That is not true. When a sensitive tooth meets any food that is hot, cold, sweet or sour, it can trigger the nerves and cause the sudden piercing sensation in your teeth.

You may also think that it is a cavity or a hole that causes tooth sensitivity – and yes, you would be correct! But that’s not the only reason.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel erodes or wears off gradually, which exposes the dentine (a softer material under the enamel). And when the dentine comes in direct contact with something it doesn’t like, it is agitated and that’s when it sends a sharp jolt of pain.

Tooth enamel can wear off due to brushing too hard, teeth grinding, gingivitis, and even receding gums. All of these things can leave you susceptible to a sensitive tooth.

Some other causes for a sensitive tooth include:

– defective fillings including when a previous older filling is loose or broken
– cracked, fractured or chipped teeth (sometimes a crack can be so incredibly fine you don’t know its there)
– cavities, if decay goes untreated the cavity gets larger and larger, and sensitivity will become increasingly worse. Decayed teeth also become sensitive to sweets, hot and, eventually, throbbing pain.
– grinding of your teeth that cause abnormal wear through the enamel, and
– a high acidic diet which corrodes the enamel so keep those high sugary soft drinks and sports drinks in check.

If you do have tooth sensitivity you must come and see our Jannali dental team.

You may have been living with a sensitive tooth for quiet some time and have gotten used to the discomfort and avoiding certain foods… but if you don’t take preventative action, trust me, it will get worse.

If left untreated, it can lead to major diseases like infection, swollen and bleeding gums, and gingivitis.

The best way to fix this problem is to get professional advice from your dentist.

✔️ What are the Treatment Options?

Depending upon the severity of the problem we will be able to give you an early treatment before the small symptoms become larger complications, which can become more painful and more expensive.

The treatment will depend on the initial problem. Here are a few treatment options:

– Filling or crowning decayed, fractured, or cracked teeth
– Treating receding gums which are exposing root surfaces
– Help you to eliminate habits which cause excessive wear on the teeth, such as a mouth-guard to stop teeth grinding
– Talk to you about special toothpastes which can help with sensitive teeth. We can also apply desensitising products as a more generalised sensitive-teeth procedure.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is, of course, also VERY important. Brush your teeth twice and floss at least once daily. Use a soft bristle toothbrush. And remember, don’t brush too hard. It will wear out the enamel faster.

Now that you have the answers to your sensitive tooth issue, please don’t let it fester. There is a cause and be sure to come and see us so we can identify it and fix the issue.

We can take a look at your diet, your dental health care routine, and family history to determine where your sensitivity comes from.

Call us at Jannali Dental Care on 📞 (02) 9528 9204 to make an appointment.