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Your Guide To A Dental Check-Up

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Your Guide To A Dental Check-Up

14 October 2023

Going to the dentist for regular checkups is essential for maintaining good oral health. Here is a guide on what to expect from a routine dental examination.

Why Do You Need A Dental Check-Up?

Visiting your dentist regularly allows them to spot early signs of dental problems before they worsen. A check-up is crucial for:

  • Detecting tooth decay in its early stages when it is easiest to treat
  • Checking for signs of gum disease like gingivitis before it progresses to advanced periodontitis
  • Monitoring any changes in your mouth, teeth and gums since your last visit
  • Assessing the effectiveness of your teeth cleaning habits at home
  • Determining if you require any additional dental treatments

Our dentists can also update your oral health records, clean your teeth professionally, and give you advice on improving your daily dental care routine.

Preparing For Your Dental Check-Up

A dental check-up may seem straightforward, but being proactive can help you get the most out of your visit. Here are some tips on preparing for your routine dental examination:

First, schedule your appointment in advance rather than waiting until you have a dental emergency. Booking your check-up early allows you to get the date and time you prefer. Aim to visit the practice every 6 months or as frequently as they recommend based on your oral health status.

Next, make note of any dental issues you’ve had since your last visit. This includes symptoms like tooth sensitivity, pain, or bleeding gums. Also track any major medical issues, new medications, or changes to your health since you last saw your dentist. Providing updates helps your dentist give appropriate care recommendations.

The day before your appointment, brush and floss thoroughly to remove any built-up plaque. This allows your dentist to better examine your teeth and gums. Avoid foods and drinks that can stain teeth, like coffee, red wine, or curry, prior to your visit.

Finally, arrive on time for your check-up. Bring a list of any medications you currently take. Be ready to discuss dental concerns, whether it’s stains you want removed or tooth sensitivity that’s worrying you.

What Happens During A Check Up?

A standard check-up involves a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth and gums. Our dentists will:

  • Examine your teeth and gums for any signs of decay, cysts, infection or gum disease
  • Check existing fillings and dental work for damages or defects
  • Assess the health of your gums since your last visit
  • Take x-rays of your mouth to check for cavities and other issues not visible to the naked eye if clinically required
  • Measure gum pocket depths to check for periodontal disease
  • Check your bite alignment
  • Screen for oral cancer
  • Update your medical and dental history

You will be advised if you need an appointment to see our hygienist to receive professional teeth cleaning to remove tartar and plaque that regular brushing misses. Your dentist can advise you on improving your daily oral hygiene routine to keep your mouth healthy.

How Often Should You Get A Dental Check-Up?

How frequently you need a check-up depends on your individual mouth health and risk factors like diet, smoking and general health conditions. Based on their examination, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit.

Most people should aim to get a dental check-up:

  • Every 6 months – for adults and teenagers
  • Every 3 months – if you have existing dental problems or gum disease
  • Every 9-12 months – for children unless they have specific orthodontic needs

Pregnant women may need more frequent dental visits to monitor oral changes. People with chronic illnesses or taking certain medications also have higher oral health risks.

What Happens After Your Check-Up?

Based on their examination of your mouth, teeth and gums, your dentist will discuss if you require:

  • Further dental treatments like fillings, extractions or root canals
  • Improved cleaning for gum disease
  • Orthodontics like braces for crooked teeth
  • Advice on changes to your diet, smoking or oral hygiene habits

They can also advise you on topics like teeth whitening, bad breath solutions or dental anxiety management. Book your next check-up before leaving your appointment.

Regular dental check-ups allow early detection and prevention of oral health problems. They are a crucial part of maintaining your smile for life. At 33 Dental, we’re dedicated to providing the most professional and comforting service that ensures you receive the highest quality care in a warm and friendly environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.

If you feel as though you require any kind of dentistry support, get in touch with our team and we will schedule a consultation.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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