What happens at a dental check-up?

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

Dr James Bartalotta

Regular check up and cleans can save you time, stress and money in the long run. It helps to diagnose and treat dental problems before they become more serious. A visit to your favourite dentist every 6 months is recommended for a detailed examination and thorough clean of your teeth. 

What happens at a check-up and clean or preventive maintenance visit?

A regular visit to your dentist should include:

  • An oral exam to check the your teeth, gums and tongue
  • Scale and polish
  • Fluoride rinse 
  • X-rays if necessary

How often will I need an x-ray or diagnostic test?

An examination may also include dental X-rays (bitewing radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures. X-rays are recommended to be taken every 2 years, depending on your risk status for potential oral health problems.

During the examination your dentist will check for oral cancer and soft tissue damage.

How to avoid tooth decay.

Prevention is always better than a cure. 

3 in 10 Australians aged 25-44 have untreated tooth decay and the same number either delay or avoid a visit to the dentist due to cost. (AIHW-2017)

Did you know that you can prevent tooth decay with good oral hygiene and regular check up appointments at the dentist?

When you visit the dentist routinely we can spot tooth decay in the early stages and offer treatment to prevent decay from getting worse. It’s not ideal finding yourself in a situation where you may need a root canal or extraction.

Can I get a rebate for seeing a dentist?

A great dentist should accept all private health funds. A co-payment or gap payment may be required. Private health insurance may not cover your entire dental treatment.

Some health funds may cover up to two preventive dental visits per year. Your dentist can provide you with itemised codes of your treatment. Your health fund can use these codes to let you know your level of cover and rebate that will apply.

The team at Care To Compare can help you compare your current health insurance policy against any health fund available in Australia. You can speak with a member of the Care To Compare team on 1300 76 76 00 to find out more.