Check-ups & Examinations
It is normally recommended that you visit a dentist for a dental health check every six months, or as advised by your dentist. A thorough examination of your mouth, teeth, gums and any previous restoration work will be carried out.
Regular dental health checks enable potential problems to be spotted early and prevent the onset of further damage. If dental decay is suspected (often indicated by a dark shadow under the tooth’s surface) your dentist is likely to take radiographs (small digital x-rays) to examine the extent of the damage and plan for future treatments.
Radiographs of back teeth are generally taken as standard every two years or when visiting a new dentist but the frequency may increase if risks are higher.
Your dentist will also assess your periodontal health (gum health) and look for any indicators of gum disease. Gum disease can be detected using a probe that tests the health of gums around your teeth. This is a particularly important stage of the examination as gum disease can cause loss of teeth in future years.
Soft Tissue Examination
Your dentist may check your jaw joints, facial muscles and lymph nodes. They may also check your tongue, cheeks, lips and palate. They will be looking for lesions or ulceration that may require treatment or be an indicator of general disease e.g. Crohn’s disease.