What happens when you have a dental check-up?
When you have a check-up, your dentist carries out a number of observations and checks to examine the mouth and look for signs of decay, swelling, soreness and gum disease. Your dentist will look closely at your gums, tongue, teeth and the soft tissue at the back of the mouth and in the throat and any changes will be noted in your patient records. If you have symptoms that could indicate gum disease, dental infection or decay, you may be advised to have treatment. Your dentist may advise you to have a dental X-ray and they will ask you if you’ve had any problems or experienced any pain, tenderness or discomfort. If you need treatment, your dentist will discuss this with you and you can then book a follow-up appointment at a time that is convenient to you.
During a check-up, your dentist will also carry out checks for oral cancer and talk to you about issues you may like to discuss, such as oral hygiene. Your dentist will give your teeth a clean and if you don’t need any further treatment, you’ll be advised to book another check-up in due course.
How often do I need to see a dentist?
We generally recommend check-ups every 6 months. However, if you have a high risk of dental infections, more frequent checks are advisable. If you develop symptoms that may be associated with decay or gum disease, such as swelling, pain, sensitivity or bleeding gums, it’s a good idea to get in touch and arrange an appointment as soon as you can.
If you’d like to book a dental check-up or you’re curious about what happens during a check, call us today.