When it comes to your dental care, prevention is always better than cure. That’s why your routine dental care is essential to protecting your teeth and gums from issues that could result in further treatment at a later date. Issues such as dental decay, cavities and gum disease can be spotted early at a routine check-up, giving us the chance to catch things early.
New patient examinations are a little longer than routine check-ups as we carry out a full oral health examination as well as take any x-rays. An examination involves:
An intra-oral camera may also be used to help you see what your dentist sees during your dental examination, helping you increase your understanding of your oral health.
It’s best to see a dentist every six months so we can check for any issues and keep on top of your oral health. Your dentist is best placed to advise on when they would like to see you next. If your oral health is in prime condition, there’s no need to see you so soon and you will most likely only need to be seen once a year.
While dental examinations check the health of your teeth, hygiene appointments focus on your gum health. With more adult teeth being lost due to gum disease rather than tooth decay, regular dental hygiene treatment is essential to keeping your gums and teeth healthy.
Hygienists are clinicians trained in assessing, tracking and treating gum disease. Part of the hygienist’s job is to carry out a check of your gums and supporting tissues to look for any signs of inflammation.
Most of the appointment is taken up with a thorough scaling of your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar build-up in those areas brushing cannot reach. Then there is a clean and polish to remove any superficial stains on your teeth
Before you leave, we provide offer tailored advice on how to maintain good dental health and demonstrate techniques you can use at home. We also offer same-day emergency dental appointments, so if you’re in pain or injured then contact us straight away.