Why are check-ups so important?
Dental checks are important because they enable us to monitor your oral health and detect any changes in the mouth, or problems that may be developing at an early stage. If you have signs of decay or gum disease, for example, these can then be treated to prevent them from getting worse and stop you from feeling pain and experiencing other unpleasant symptoms. Decay and gum disease develop with time, so the earlier they are spotted and addressed, the better. Check-ups are also a way for us to see how you are getting on with your oral hygiene at home and an opportunity for you to ask any questions or find out more about dental treatments or oral health issues.
What happens during a check-up?
Dental check-ups are brief and painless and there’s nothing to worry about. Your dentist will simply have a thorough look around your mouth, check your teeth, tongue, gums and lips and note down any changes in your oral health. Your dentist will also perform oral cancer checks and discuss any problems with you. If you have a clean bill of oral health, you can book your next check-up in line with your dentist’s recommendations (usually every 6 months) and if you need treatment, e.g. as a filling, you can book an appointment at a convenient time. If you have any issue that you would to talk to your dentist about, such as oral hygiene, diet or giving up smoking, you can do this at your check-up.
How often should I have a check-up?
We usually recommend 6 monthly check-ups for children and adults.