When it comes to infection prevention, there are few better forms of defence than a regular check-up. We advise all our patients, young and old, to keep up to date with routine check-ups to reduce the risk of dental infections, gum disease and oral issues such as bad breath.
What happens during a check-up?
When you have a check-up, your dentist will have a close look at your teeth, your tongue and your gums and look out for any potential problems or warning signs. They will note down any changes in your patient record and chat to you about your oral health, asking if you’ve had any problems such as toothache or sensitivity. Your dentist will also check for any warning signs of oral cancer and gum disease. If you need treatment (e.g. a filling) this will be discussed, with you and we will book you an appointment to have your treatment at a convenient time for you.
How often should I have a check-up?
Ideally, we recommend 6 monthly check-ups. However, if you have symptoms of decay or gum disease (symptoms include tooth pain, bleeding gums or swelling in the gums) it is best to see us as soon as possible, rather than waiting for your next scheduled check-up. With dental problems, it’s often the case that issues get worse with time, so early treatment is usually the best course of action.
Why are check-ups important?
Check-ups are important because they enable us to keep tabs on your oral health and spot any problems at an early stage. If you go for months or even years without seeing a dentist, there is a risk that you could have dental problems that you are unaware of. These will get worse and could potentially be very harmful. We can also keep an eye on issues such as spacing and tooth alignment, and talk to you about ways to prevent oral disease, making positive lifestyle changes, such as giving up smoking, and explain what kinds of treatments and services we offer.