It is important to maintain good oral health; this means looking after your mouth
there is more to this than your teeth. A comprehensive oral health check is a major component of your first dental appointment with us. This comprises a discussion, an oral examination which may include taking x-rays, and the drawing up of a treatment plan should treatment be necessary.
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?
Your dentist will examine your mouth and teeth to:
- Check the alignment of your jaw joints
- Look for damage from tooth grinding
- Look for dry mouth (xerostomia)
- Check how your teeth meet together and function as you chew, known as your “bite” or occlusion
- Identify any problems which could arise from a poor occlusion – such as broken or worn teeth, or headaches
- Check for signs that you may be cleansing or grinding your teeth (bruxing)
- Assess the health of your gums, looking for signs of underlying gum (periodontal) disease
- Look for dental decay (caries) and faults in fillings or other restorations such as crowns, bridges or veneers
- Look for signs of erosion from fizzy drinks or excessive tooth brushing
- Look for tooth sensitivity
Carry out a visual check of your tongue, cheeks and other soft tissues, looking in particular for signs of oral cancer: oral cancer is very rare, but we always take the opportunity to check for early signs
Great oral hygiene is not only an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile and keeping your natural teeth for as long as possible, it also helps to avoid the pain and expense of dental treatments.
For the greatest preventative approach to dental care, a good daily oral care regime should be accompanied by regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist.
Our dental professionals will check the health of your teeth, gums, and soft tissue (cheeks and tongue). This will ensure any problems are detected and treated early, preventing them leading to bigger problems, or even tooth loss.
Your dentist will also check for signs of mouth cancer at each dental check-up. Cancer of the tongue and oral cavity are the most common forms of mouth cancer, but it may also be found in the throat, lip and neck. Statistics from the British Dental Health Foundation show that early detection of mouth cancer results in a survival outcome of 90%. However, delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 50%.