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Routine Dental Checkup

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:

  • Checking for existing or potential problems with your teeth or gums
  • Checking the tissues supporting your teeth for signs of gum disease
  • Checking the appropriate lymph and salivary glands and your tongue, palate and the other soft tissues inside your mouth
  • Checking your bite and looking for signs of tooth wear

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.

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How often do I need to see a Dentist?

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.

Looking after your gum health

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.

What happens during my hygiene appointment?

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.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

What is a routine dental check up?

A routine dental check should be undertaken every six months. However, your dentist will recommend each time when to see you next. It is important to protect your teeth and gums from issues that can be prevented. They usually involve observing how healthy your teeth are, hygiene appointments to maintain your gum health.

What is included in routine dental care?

A routine dental care check up involves:

Ensuring there are no existing or potential issues with your teeth and gums
Ensuring there are no signs of gum disease by checking the tissue supporting your teeth
Observing the lymph and salivary glands, tongue, palate and any other soft tissues in your mouth
Checking the quality of your bite and determining any signs of tooth wear.

Does a dental check up hurt?

A dental check up should not result in any pain or discomfort. Although, if there is inflammation in the gums, tooth decay and any other symptoms of gum disease it can lead to tooth sensitivity and pain during teeth cleaning.

What People Say…

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Lisa Lambert
The smiling reception is always professional and friendly and I was so pleased when my Dentist, Dr. Deval, took time to inform me of my choices which were best for me personally. A refreshing change. A smashing Dentist, Tuba and her lovely assistant Sanju have taken over from Dr Deval. Tuba, cares about her patients and works towards them keeping a healthy smile, she's a credit to the Dentist profession as is her assistant Sanju. She got rid of an abscess painlessly and on my next appointment she miraculously saved my tooth for which I am so grateful. Valentina and Sarah who work on the reception desk are always welcoming and very helpful. Many thanks to a great Dentist and her team. L Lambert.
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Pavel Jagodzinski
I'm so grateful for all the effort and support during my two visits with Dr Tuba Pishgharavol at St Helier Dental Surgery in Morden. Dr Pishgharavol is really a professional, and at the same time showed her passion and commitment in very complicated a root canal treatment. However, all other staff is very polite, friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend this dental practice to my friends.
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Great customer experience from Fatima Ali and her team today. Warm, friendly and put me at ease. We discussed all my options regarding improving my teeth and even had a CT scan on my mouth. Very impressed with the setup and knowledge of the lovely crew. Highly recommended. Thank you for an enjoyable second visit. K. Lilliana Sineen
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Jan Showell
Very good professional service. The practice has a calm and helpful feel about it. I was very pleased with the tooth whitening treatment. The results are better then I expected and the treatment was easy to apply and comfortable to use. I would recommend this surgery for nervous patients like me.
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Sioned Davies
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