A routine Dental Examination is so much more than just a check-up

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A general rule of thumb is to get your mouth inspected every six months – however people with poor oral hygiene, previous problems, or genetic factors could need more regular supervision where as some may only need an examination once a year.

Regular check-ups can quickly slip off the radar due to hectic lifestyles or sometimes even phobia.  Missing regular check-ups can lead to rapid deterioration of your oral health - and you may not even realise anything is wrong.

Our routine dental examinations here at Elstead Dental Surgery are so much more than just a quick “check-up”.

Each examination include the following 12 points:

  1. Medical conditions and medication can affect the health of your mouth and for this reason we ask you about these at every visit.

  2. We discuss your concerns about your mouth and if you have experienced any changes since your last visit.

  3. Any fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or other existing dental work is examined to ensure it is still sound.

  4. We check for plaque, which is a major cause of tooth and gum problems and advise how to reduce this to keep your mouth healthy.

  5. Your gums are examined to screen for gum disease, gum recessions (which may lead to sensitivity) and any other abnormalities that may be apparent.

  6. Your bite is assessed as the way your teeth can affect jaws, teeth and any other dental work in your mouth.

  7. We look for any signs of wear of your teeth. We can discuss the possible reasons for it, make a plan to prevent further wear and if necessary treat it.

  8. We look at the inside of your mouth (for example tongue, cheek and palate) as they can be affected by various health conditions and reactions to medications and diseases affecting the immune system.

  9. You will be given a mouth cancer screening to detect any early signs of the disease. If any suspect lesions are found, you will be referred immediately to a consultant.

  10. Your jaw joint is checked to see if movements are normal or if any clicks are present.

  11. Where appropriate x-rays are taken to enable the early detection of decay and to check for possible root or bone problems.

  12. Following this comprehensive examination, advice is given and any appropriate treatment is tailored to your individual needs and wishes.

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Minna Miettinen