Routine Check-ups and Dental Hygiene

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We will perform a thorough dental health examination to identify any potential issues.

After the examination, we speak with you about the best options for any further dental treatment if required.  At the dental check up your dental professional will check for cavities. X-rays might be taken to detect cavities between your teeth. The exam will also include a check for plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases. Next, your gums will be checked. This will be done with a special tool to measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become deeper. The check-up should also include a careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck. This is to look for any signs of trouble - swelling, redness, or possible signs of cancer.

What you should do between each dental visit

Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can manage it by brushing and flossing regularly. Here are some tips for good oral care at home.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  2. If it’s necessary and recommended by your hygienist or dentist use a mouthwash to help control plaque bacteria. This will also help to keep your breath fresh.

Quick facts about a regular dental check-up

Regular dental visits are important because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

There two parts to a regular dental visit:
  1. The check-up &

  2. Cleaning

During the dental check-up, your dental professional will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas.

During the cleaning, your dental professional will remove any plaque and tartar buildup and may polish your teeth. You should have a regular dental visit at least twice a year or as recommended by your dental professional.

Nervous Patients

We appreciate that some people feel nervous about seeing the dentist and can experience anxiety to such an extent that they avoid dental appointments completely. It is very important to maintain your dental health and see your dentist regularly, so we can nip any problems in the bud. We try to make it easier for you to get the essential dental care you need by making you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Our calming environment and friendly, caring team can help make your appointments a lot less daunting.

If you are at all worried, you are very welcome to come and have a look around the surgery and get to know us a little before you attend an appointment.