WHY HAVE REGULAR CHECKS?
A regular check up enables your dentist to find and address current oral health and dental issues, discuss planned treatment and prevent more serious issues from developing. This reduces the risk of expensive or extensive dental treatment.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?
The average check up and clean requires at least 30 minutes, though a thorough examination may take up to 90 minutes. The dentist, oral health therapist or dental therapist will examine the teeth, gum, lips, tongue and saliva to assess oral health.
WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN START HAVING CHECK UPS?
Children should attend their first dental check up at the age of 2 years. The initial visit and annual follow up appointments should focus on familiarisation with both the equipment and the dentist in order to build trust. This is recommended until the child is comfortable with the dentist examining and cleaning their teeth.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED A CHECK?
The frequency with which you should schedule a check up and clean depends on your personal oral health. Appointments are spaced 6-12 months apart for the average patient, but only 3-4 months for those prone to decay and/or gum disease.
Without a health fund rebate, the average cost is $240. With a health fund rebate, the average out of pocket expense is between $50-$100.
Some health funds, such as MBP and HCF, provide a 100 percent rebate on dental check ups, so some patients will have no out of pocket expense.
ASK YOUR INEEDA DENTIST
What is the total cost? The dentist should not withhold information and should be open and transparent regarding the reasons for all procedures, and their costs.
Do you take digital x-rays, including OPGs (x-ray of jaw/all teeth)? Dentists who are up to date with technology will use digital x-rays. These use 90 percent less radiation than older style films and are safer for use.