Routine Dental Exam

Dental Exam

Routine Dental Exam

Regular dental exams are a critical part of preventive health care. During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The exam includes evaluating your risk of developing other oral problems and checking your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays.

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 should:

  • examine your teeth, gums and mouth
  • ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit
  • ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits
  • teeth Xrays may be taken if needed if your dentist finds anything that needs further investigation
  • you may be required to visit a hygienist to have your teeth cleaned
  • discuss a date for your next visit

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 3 months or as long as 2 years (or up to 1 year if you’re under 18).

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more often.

What about dental treatments?

This advice is about routine check-ups only. You may have other appointments for dental treatments such as fillings, teeth cleaning (scale and polish), having a tooth taken out or emergency treatment.

If you have problems with your teeth between check-ups, contact us to make an earlier appointment. In an emergency outside normal working hours, you may contact NHS on 111 or private patients may call 07661 001 236.

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