Dental Check Up: What the dentist checks.

Published on 31/03/2016

At Leigh Dental Centre we believe that healthy teeth and gums are an important part of every patients life that is why at your regular dental appointment the dentist will check a variety of different areas to ensure that your teeth remain as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Prior to your appointment you may be asked to fill in or update your medical history form. This is so the dentist is aware of any conditions that they may need to take into account when determining the best course of treatment for you and also ensures that the dentist has the necessary information to provide effective treatment in an emergency.

Once you are comfortably seated the dentist will ask if you have currently got any problems or concerns with your teeth so they know if there are any specific areas which need to be investigated. This will include thorough examinations of the facial musculature, the jaw joints, the upper part of the neck, followed by the inside of the mouth including the directly visible throat area, the tongue, the cheeks, the palate and the floor of the mouth, the dentist will check for any signs of mouth or throat cancer.

The dentist will also look for signs of gum disease including gums that are red, tender, or 

swollen, gums that have pulled away from the teeth, loose teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK, but if it is identified and treated early it can be easily treated.

X‑rays will also be taken every 624 months depending on your history of tooth decay, your age and the condition of your mouth. This is to assess for any decay present underneath the surfaces or between teeth.

All details will be recorded onto our computer system and will provide the basis for your ongoing treatment. By completing a detailed patient assessment we are able to track your dental health between visits and over time.

We would typically advise you to attend for a routine examination every 6 months, as here at Leigh Dental Centre our focus is on preventive dentistry and being proactive with regard to improving oral health. By identifying any problems early we can reduce the risk of painful toothaches and the amount of treatment needed.

The dentist will discuss your oral hygiene routine and recommend oral care products which will best ensure that you remove all the plaque from your teeth. This will normally be a combination of using a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and inter-dental cleaning aids, floss or inter-dental brushes to clean the areas between your teeth at least once a day. They will also talk to you about your diet and how sugar and acid present in fruit juice and fizzy drinks can affect your dental health. A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and minerals can help to prevent gum disease and protect against mouth cancer. If necessary they may refer you to the hygienist for further oral hygiene instruction and a thorough scale and polish to remove any plaque and calculus build up.

Following your appointment we will, if necessary, provide you with a full and detailed written 

treatment plan, detailing the various costs of options available to you. We will also discuss the payment options at the practice: private fee per item, Denplan Care or Denplan Essentials. More details of this can be found on our Fees page

So book in for your routine dental appointment at Leigh Dental Centre and let us help you improve your oral health today. Call Leigh Dental Centre on 01702 472929 to book a consultation.

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