Whilst it may seem that there’s not much to your dental appointments, it’s not just a case of making sure your teeth are still in good condition. In fact there are a myriad of things we check and assess each time you visit us for your check up. Here’s a run down of what to expect.
Firstly, as oral health and general health are interlinked, we’ll ask you about your general health and wellbeing, and whether there are any specific ‘niggles’ you’re feeling with your teeth, tongue or gums. We’ll also ask about any medication you may be taking and discuss the impact it may have on your oral health.
Next, we take a look inside your mouth and, as well as examining your teeth for any signs of decay, sensitivity, fractures and abnormal wear, we check any fillings, crowns or bridges to ensure they remain fit for purpose. Then we look at the gums, to assess if there is any inflammation, bleeding, gum disease, recession or plaque build up. We also check your tongue, the insides of your cheeks and your palate to make sure they are all looking healthy, as these areas can suffer from reactions to medication, and be affected by health conditions such as mouth cancer, and diseases affecting the immune system. Lastly, we check your bite, as the way your teeth meet can affect your jaw and the way you eat, as well as any dental work present.
Should there be any restorative treatment required, we’ll discuss all the options with you after your check up, answer any questions you might have and decide on your preferred course of action so that appointments can be booked as necessary to make sure your smile is good as new in no time.
That’s why it’s so important to ensure that you attend regular dental appointments, whether they be six monthly, annually or once every 24 months depending on your oral and dental health requirements. It’s important to ensure that the health of your teeth and mouth are maintained – and that you don’t just pay your dentist a visit when you feel pain; that can be the last indicator of something being not quite right.
If in doubt, call us to book a free verbal consultation and we can discuss your requirements.