Importance of Visiting the Dentist Every 6 Months

A regular dental check-up is of utmost necessity to keep your oral health in the best form. Dentists can check the oral health and give you instructions for what rules to follow to keep your mouth healthy. Regular dental visits can also help check for cavities, plaque and tartar on your teeth. The build-up of plaque leads to tartar which can cause oral diseases if not treated. A dental check-up includes the examination of your gums, tongue, face, throat, head and neck. You can prevent many issues with these regular dental examinations, including redness, swelling, gum diseases, and possible signs of cancer.

A] Why Are Regular Dental Checkups Important?

While you can be attentive to your oral health through regular flossing and cleaning of your teeth at home, including the limiting of sugar intake in your diet, these efforts are not enough. You need to visit a dentist twice a year (every six months) to maintain healthy teeth and for professional teeth cleaning with a thorough examination. There are many reasons why a regular dental visit is important for optimal oral health.

Some reasons how regular dental examinations can help maintain oral health are:

  • Helps avoid serious dental issues: Dentists are trained and possess the equipment to know and spot “potential issue areas” in teeth and gums. Early signs of tooth decay can be treated as early as possible to prevent the formation of It also prevents the problem from evolving into an advanced periodontal disease that can require costly and invasive dental care.
  • Thorough cleaning of the teeth: Since dentists and dental hygienists have the best professional tools to access every part of your mouth – even the areas that cannot be reached by brushing and flossing- they can help you to clean under the gum line, where tartar and bacteria are most likely to accumulate.
  • Brushing/Flossing techniques: Your dentist’s office has dental hygienists who are essentially experts in flossing and brushing of teeth to maintain oral health. They can provide the best tips and tricks to keep your teeth healthy with at-home hygiene habits. They can also tell you which is the best and most effective toothbrushes, floss and even toothpaste for your teeth.
  • Screening for oral cancer: With access to the advanced technology that can help in screening for oral cancer, dentists are also trained to understand the different signs, including spotting of lumps or white/red patches that can signal oral cancer.

Note: You have an increased risk of oral cancer if you regularly smoke or drink. In such cases, it is essential to schedule dentist appointments regularly.

  • Structural problems and repairs: There is a risk of issues of malnutrition in case of chips, cracks, and gaps in between teeth which can cause difficulty in chewing Treatments such as dental implant to repair and restore the normal function of chewing or a dental bridge are recommended. This should be treated as soon as possible to prevent further oral health issues.

The above points are the reasons why it is necessary to schedule an appointment with the dentist every 6 months to maintain oral health and prevent issues with your teeth and gums.

B] Importance of Children Visiting the Dentist Regularly

Early childhood visits to a dentist can benefit the child as they learn good dental hygiene habits, which ensures healthy oral health throughout their life. There are many benefits of early dental visits, including tooth decay and dental pain prevention. Also, healthy teeth are known to keep the kids happier and improve their self-esteem.

  • When should your child first visit the dentist?

It is recommended for parents to get the first dental check-up for their child scheduled as soon as their first tooth appears or at least by their first birthday. The frequency of dental visits will help boost confidence in the kid for future visits and help them maintain a routine.

  • What are the benefits of dental visits for kids?

A healthy set of primary teeth is known to help the child with speech development, retaining nutrients, and chewing food. Tooth decay is one of the most common issues in children which can be prevented by regular dental visits and at-home practice of keeping your teeth healthy.

C] What Happens at a Dental Check-Up?

For a dental check-up, you need to first schedule an appointment.

  • On the day of your appointment, a dental hygienist or certified dental assistant will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums. A dental check-up includes removal of plaque or tartar, teeth polishing, checking for cavities and cleaning of teeth. If you opt for a quick check-up, the dental hygienist will give a thorough examination to your gums, throat and neck, soft palette and will also check for any issues or abnormalities that need
  • After the initial check-up, the dental hygienist will report to the dentist with your examination results which will help the dentist to provide the correct and best treatment in case of any dental issue.
  • With every visit, a dental X-Ray is also taken to ensure that the teeth are perfectly healthy from within and any minor defects are treated to prevent tooth decay in the future.

D] Benefits of Regular Dental Appointments

 It has been proven time & again that regular visits to the dentist are the first step needed to prevent any dental issues and maintain oral hygiene. It is necessary for everyone – children and adults alike – to have a regular dental check-up. As such, some of the benefits of regular dental check-ups are:

  • Preventive Dentistry: The practice used to take care of your teeth and keep them healthy is called preventive dentistry. Dental cleaning and brushing daily are some forms of preventive dentistry which prevents cavities, gum diseases, enamel wear, and many other issues.
  • Prevention of Gum Diseases: You can prevent the formation of any kind of gum disease by following the instructions to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing your teeth twice a day to remove food debris and trapped plaque between your teeth and gums can prevent any issues with your gums. The few other rules to follow to prevent gum diseases are flossing, using mouthwash, and seeing a periodontist regularly.
  • Treat Bad Breath: It is vital to follow basic rules to maintain oral health, or else it can lead to bad breath. Brushing twice a day, flossing and replacing your toothbrush frequently are some ways to prevent and/or improve bad breath. Also, avoid food products that are a cause of bad breath like garlic and onion.
  • Save Your Teeth and Money: Following dental hygiene rules and regular visits to the dentist can prove to be beneficial in keeping your teeth With good care towards your oral health and regular examinations, you can save your teeth from decaying and save money on costly dental treatments.

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Regular dental check-ups can help you avoid many oral issues and are beneficial in the long run as they save your time & money while keeping you healthy. More importantly, good oral hygiene can help boost your self-confidence and provide you with peace of mind.

As a Sunshine Coast Dentist, we can help you maintain your oral health and provide the best dental care services, so book an appointment today.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

1. How often should you visit the dentist?

It is recommended that you visit a dentist every 6 months to maintain healthy oral hygiene.

2. Do I need regular dental check-ups?

Yes, you do! Regular visits to the dentist can help detect dental issues at an early stage, making it easier to treat and prevent the issue from building further.

3. What happens if you don’t visit the dentist?

 Not visiting a dentist regularly can cause a number of issues which include not only gum and tooth diseases but also other related issues such as heart disease, breast cancer, stroke and diabetes.

4. What’s the difference between a dental check-up and a dental exam?

A dental check-up is done by a dental hygienist. Whereas, the expertise of a dentist is needed in case of a dental exam as they have the training to recommend and treat your teeth and maintain oral hygiene.

5. What are some of the reasons to visit a dentist every six months?

With regular dental visits, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, thereby preventing complications, including tooth decay and gum diseases. Also, plaque build-up can cause discolouration of teeth which can be prevented with the annual dental check-up.

6. What should you do between each dental visit?

Some ways to maintain oral health between your dental visits are; brush at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride for strengthening your teeth and gums. Use floss and mouthwash to control bacteria build in your mouth. Using mouthwash also helps to keep your breath fresh. Also, check out this infographic to know about the best and worst foods for your teeth.

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Minyama QLD 4575, Australia

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)

Adarsh

Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)

Prachi

Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)

Davina

Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

 

Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela is a new addition to our practice. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela is also currently studying to become a trained dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.

    Briar

    Briar

    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.