Dentist in Cairns
We can keep your smile healthy and reduce your risk of problems with a dental check-up
This is the only sure-fire way to ensure your smile remains healthy as you age year after year. Dental check-ups are easy to push off of our to-do-list, but prevention through dental check-ups is one of the best things you can do for your smile. We find that once our patients understand that their issue could have been prevented with an earlier appointment, they’re more proactive about visiting the dentist every six months. Our hope is for our patients to feel inspired enough to regularly visit the dentist so they can avoid experiencing any dental emergencies such as severe decay and dental pain.
How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend you visit us twice a year for a check-up and a deep clean as we can then keep track of any dental issues and resolve them immediately. During your dental check-up with Bruce Stevens Dental in Cairns we treat even the smallest tasks with the same precision as our more complex treatments. This means that someone undergoing a dental check-up will receive the same level of care and expertise as our surgical patients.
We also ensure that we are recommending the best treatment for YOU. This is important as every mouth is unique and should receive the best treatment available on an individual basis.
I look after my teeth; do I still need to visit the dentist?
The importance of a deep clean lies in the fact that you cannot clean your teeth with the same thoroughness as your dentist. While you may brush, floss, use mouthwash and even watch what you eat, plaque build-up is still difficult to remove. With a deep clean from the dentist, you can be assured that your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly and the risk of cavities will be greatly reduced.
Remember: even if you do maintain a good oral hygiene routine, that doesn’t mean you are not at risk of gum disease or other oral health issues. It is an unfortunate fact that gum disease can affect anyone irrespective of how well you look after your smile. That is just one of the reasons why you should visit the dentist for regular check-ups and deep cleans.
What happens during a dental check-up?
At your check-up, we will examine your teeth and may take digital x-rays to get a clear perspective on any issues Dr Bruce Stevens notices. If there are any issues found in these x-rays we will show them to you so you know our recommendations are based on your unique condition. From there we can begin our treatment, which could be any one of our cosmetic, restorative or general dental procedures.
What if I need a filling?
Not every small bit of pain means that you need a filling, so you should never put off seeing the dentist because you’re afraid of this. The earlier you address any dental pain the better, and in many cases patients may be able to be treated with a fissure sealant which doesn’t require any sedation and is completely painless. Fissure sealants and fillings are completed using the latest tooth-coloured materials to create a natural looking finish that is also durable.
Keeping your teeth healthy at home
Looking after your oral health involves sticking to a routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and being mindful of your diet are just some of the ways you can look after your oral health.