Why do I need a dental check-up?
A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether.
What happens during a dental check-up?
At each check-up, your dentist will:
- Examine your teeth, gums and mouth.
- Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth, breath or gums since your last visit.
- Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
- Complete an oral cancer screen.
- Examine your teeth checking for cavities, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth or fillings or fillings that are leaking.
Any issues that need addressing will be explained to you and you can advise how you wish to proceed.
How often should I have a dental check-up?
After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up could be as short as three months if you are experiencing gum disease. Generally we recommend you attend for a check up and clean every 6 months.
Why and when do we take xrays?
Dentists can tell a lot about the condition of your teeth just by looking inside your mouth, but sometimes they need to look a bit deeper. X-rays are a vital tool for dentists as they can often spot problems before you start to feel any pain or discomfort. They can also be used for something as simple as finding out whether or not you need a filling.
Dental hygiene is the cornerstone of our dental practice. It has been proven that regular visits to the dentist to support good at-home care consistently prevents tooth loss, gum disease and painful dental emergencies. It is a cost effective way of taking control of your dental health.