Regular Dental Check up

At DentalPlus Clinic, our dentists usually perform a routine check up while doing the cleaning. A dental checkup can detect gum disease and cavities, and can also check gum health and prevent its progression.

The Importance of Regular Dental Check up

A regular dental check up is crucial for good oral health and early detection and prevention of dental problems and oral diseases such as gum disease and decay/cavities. This may sound a bit surprising to most people, but a large majority of cavities are completely painless.

How often do we need to go for a dental check up?

To maintain good oral hygiene, it is vital to visit your dentist every 6 months. Going for your regular dental check ups helps keep your gums and teeth healthy. It also allows early detection of any problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, cavities and oral cancer.

Oral Cavities

How does tooth decay form?

The bacteria in plaque produce acid which eats away at the tooth structure, producing a cavity, which can lead to tooth loss.

How will I know if I have a cavity?

This may sound a bit surprising to most people, but a large majority of cavities are completely painless. This is because the outer enamel has no nerves, so only when the cavity enters the underlying dentin, then the cavity may begin to feel sensitive.

The most common symptoms are an increased sensation to cold, sweet foods or beverages. A cavity is often responsible for a tooth that breaks. The cavity weakens the tooth, especially when it forms under a filling or a tooth cusp, and can easily cause a fracture when biting down.

Patients are sometimes taken off guard when they learn that they have a few cavities but they don’t have any symptoms. It is far better to treat a small cavity than to wait until they have symptoms, such as pain. By the time there are symptoms, the cavity may have spread to infect the dental pulp, necessitating a root canal procedure or an extraction to eliminate the infection.

Just as any other dental clinics in Singapore, Dentalplus recommends regular dental visit to carry out a dental check up (at least twice a year). This will greatly reduce the likelihood that a dental cavity will go undetected and spread, causing pain and infecting the dental pulp.

How do dentists detect cavities?

Cavities are detected through a number of ways. The most common are clinical (visual & tactile checkup) and radiographic (X-ray) examinations.

Teeth that are discolored (usually brown or black) can sometimes indicate a dental cavity.

Dental X-rays are very useful in finding cavities that are wedged between the teeth or under the gum line. These “hidden” cavities are difficult or impossible to detect visually, or with the explorer.

Are some people more at risk for developing cavities?

People who have reduced saliva flow due to diseases such as Sjogren Syndrome; dysfunction of their salivary glands; have undergone cancer chemotherapy or radiation; and who smoke are more likely to develop cavities. Saliva is important in fighting cavities because it can rinse away plaque and food debris and help neutralize acid.

People who have limited manual dexterity and have difficulty removing plaque from their teeth may also have a higher risk of forming cavities. Some people have naturally lower oral pH, which makes them more likely to have cavities.

What can I do to prevent cavities?

Brushing your teeth and removing plaque at least three times a day, especially after eating and before bed, and flossing at least once a day are important to remove plaque between your teeth. You should brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and angle the bristles about 45 degrees toward the gum line. Brush for about the length of one song on the radio (three minutes). You can check with your dentist or hygienist on the proper brushing methods.

Reducing the amount and frequency of eating sugary foods.

If you are going to drink a can of sweetened soda, for instance, it is better to drink it in one sitting than sip it throughout the day. Better yet, drink it through a straw in one sitting, to bypass the teeth altogether. Going to the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup, for examinations and professional cleanings, is critical.

Using Fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses.

Fluoride is a compound that is added to most tap water supplies, toothpastes and mouth rinses to reduce cavities. Fluoride becomes incorporated into our teeth as they develop and makes them more resistant to decay. After our teeth are formed, Fluoride can reverse the progress of early cavities, and sometimes prevent the need for corrective dental treatment.
If you are very susceptible to cavities, as a treatment plan, your dentist can perform high concentration, in-office Fluoride treatments and/or prescribe a Fluoride supplement, either as a gel, tablets or drops. In some cases, customized trays can be used while you sleep, to deliver higher doses of Fluoride, and help strengthen teeth to prevent cavities.

Fissure sealants

A sealant is a white resin material that blankets the tooth, protecting the vulnerable pits and fissures of the tooth, hence helping to reduce cavities from forming. Sealants are routinely placed on children’s teeth to prevent cavities on their newly developing molars. The use of sealants is also a cost-effective way to reduce the incidence of cavities in adults as well. However, sealants usually cannot be used on teeth that already have fillings.

Stimulation of saliva production

People who have dry mouth are at risk for developing cavities, and can have their dentist prescribe artificial saliva and mouth moisturizers, as well as chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production. An antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine gluconate can also be useful in killing bacteria associated with dental caries.

Dental Check up Process

Initial Inspection

We will check your mouth for causes of concerns, such as inflamed gums (gingivitis) and dark spots on the teeth (potential cavities). In addition, before the cleaning begins, we will check if you have any concerns regarding your teeth or gums.

Dental X-ray

During most dental check up, we will take digital x-rays of your teeth and mouth. This process is quick and safe, and helps alert us to any issues that were not identified during the initial inspection. Dental x-rays are especially important for new patients, as they allow us to quickly assess the current state of our patients’ teeth and gums before proceeding with further treatments.

Removal of Plaque and Tartar

Using a scaler, the dentist will remove the plaque and tartar around your gum line and between your teeth. Plaque is the bacteria that builds up in your mouth in and around your teeth, and can potentially cause cavities and gum diseases.

Power Polishing and Fluoride Treatment

Applying a special toothpaste to a power toothbrush, we will polish the patient’s teeth, leaving them smooth and shiny. This process is not painful at all but may be loud due to the use of the powerful electric toothbrush.

Fluoride treatment will help protect your teeth against cavities until your next dental check-up. A mouthpiece that fits over your teeth will be filled with fluoride foam or gel, and will remain in your mouth for about a minute. Afterwards, you will rinse out the excess fluoride with water.

Subsidies for Dental Check up

Under the CHAS, we provide subsidized rates for our outpatient dental services for all CHAS,
Pioneer Generation (PG) and Merdeka Generation (MG) cardholders.

AIA dental Insurance

AIA

DentalPlus Clinic is an AIA accredited clinic. Patients with AIA Dental coverage can enjoy treatment under AIA coverage.

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Medisave dental claim

Medisave

We are CPF Medisave accredited for dental surgery. Approved procedures include wisdom teeth surgery, dental implants and biopsy.

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CHAS

We also provide subsidized co-payment inclusive to outpatient dental services under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS). 

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Baby Bonus Scheme CDA

We are a Baby Bonus approved institution. Funds from CDA accounts can be used for dental treatment of the child and their siblings.

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Jennet Haling
Jennet Haling
23/03/2024
The dentists in the clinic are the best. They make you at ease and deliver quality service. I’ve been a patient/ client in this clinic since 2016. Even I moved house far from the clinic, I still do book my all my dental appointments here.
Benson Lee
Benson Lee
22/03/2024
The dentist provide great advise and pre notified me of which tooth or teeth is decaying or required attention. Receptionist is fast and pre book next appointment fast.
Elyn Teoh
Elyn Teoh
08/03/2024
Overall have a good experience and treatment with Dentalplus. Friendly peoples :)
Rosita Edwards
Rosita Edwards
29/02/2024
I am very happy with my dental experience at Dental Plus Clinic at Telok Blangah. Dr Therese was very professional and always smiling so gave me confidence as I really am paranoid just listening to the machine. She will ask me how I feel and to show my hand if I am uncomfortable. Dr Therese will also tell me what she is going to do beforehand. I am pleased that I have indeed found a dental clinic to take care of me. I am also please that their front desk representative is very kind and gentle too.
David Sam
David Sam
26/02/2024
The dentist has been very attentive, informing every step she will take. She also prompted me to hand up if feel discomfort. Throughout scaling, she was gentle in treatment. Highly recommended as a dental servicing place.
Ong Junxiang
Ong Junxiang
22/02/2024
Dentist (Dr. Mabel) and assistant were professional, friendly and meticulous in their work. Receptionist was polite and prompt. Timely reminders were also given well before the actual appointment date. Rescheduling process was also smooth and convenient. 5/5 👍
Abdul Jalil
Abdul Jalil
20/02/2024
To put it simple and straight forward, DentalPlus, a dental clinic you will feel safe to go to. From welcoming to experience to professionalism, service. Calm and smiling reception, very welcoming. Greeting and readily listening Dental Practitioner. Understands and confirms issue, explains in a easy to understand term, asks before proceeding to next procedure. It takes away the patient's anxiety of the dental treatment. Very assuring, taking time to treat you in best way possible. Made me feel at ease. No time or money wasted here and very pleased with the care and treatment received. The premise is immaculate. Will highly recommend DentalPlus to anyone at the next opportunity.
Sarah Bupe
Sarah Bupe
18/02/2024
Went to the clinic last week. I was attended by Dr Mabel. Found the whole experience rather pleasant even though i was in pain with a toothache. Dr Mabel was very clear with her explanations and gentle with her procedures. For once, my phobia for dentists diminished . Would definitely be going back to Dentalplus for my regular check ups.

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