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Dental Check Up

Great oral hygiene is not only a vital part of keeping a healthy smile and maintaining your natural teeth for as long as possible, it also helps to prevent the expense and pain of dental treatments.

A dental check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems as it is could make them more difficult to treat in the future, therefore, we encourage you to have regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist.

At your initial visit, you dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam. At regular check-up exams, your dentist will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay,tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

What is the purpose of a dental exam?

Regular check-up with your dentist will allows your dentist to see any changes in your dental health as well as spot dental problems as they appear. Your dentist will also be able to arrange treatment plan for any current issues, assisting to avoid lengthy and sometimes more complicated treatments in the future.

What happens during my visit?

During your visit, your dentist will take a full medical history, to make sure there aren’t any pre-existing health conditions they should be aware of (such as allergies etc). Usually in most cases this is not an issue, but your dentist needs to be aware of everything before we start.

At the beginning, your dentist will take a look at the health of your entire mouth, including your teeth, gums and jaws.

During your appointment, your dentist will examine your gums for any signs of bleeding, tartar or loose teeth. It is vital you gum and the bone that surrounds your teeth form the foundations and support for your teeth, to be thoroughly assessed and treated where necessary.

Next, your dentist will be on the look-out for any issues with your teeth, such as a build-up of plaque, decay, cracks, fillings that may need attention, tooth wear and crowding or mal-position.

You may be not aware of this, but your dentists will also look at for any signs of more serious conditions such as oral cancer.

During your consultation, x-ray may be required to give more information areas of concern will only be taken if necessary. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to ask your dentist any questions about your dental health, and to discuss and any dental treatments that you may be considering.

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