A dental examination or check up is done by a Dentist to determine the health of your mouth. After the examination, your dentist will discuss the results and the best way to deal with any problems.
Do not be afraid to ask your dentist any questions.
WHAT WILL MY DENTIST DO?
The dentist may ask you some questions which might include:-
- Why you have come for the examination, whether you have noticed any potential dental problems or have sensitivity.
- If you taking any tablets / medicines and if your general health is good. Your current medical condition and medications may have an impact on your mouth. For example, drugs given to control blood pressure often cause a dry mouth.
- Information on your diet – a balanced diet is important to your general health. Sugary / acidic drinks and foods in excess can damage teeth.
- How you brush your teeth – correct brushing methods can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- Alcohol and tobacco usage – as both can harm your mouth as well as your general health.
You should expect your dentist to:-
- Inspect your teeth and gums for any sign of gum disease or tooth decay.
- Check the soft tissues of your mouth and the back of your throat where you can’t see or feel.
- Look at your face and neck to see that they are healthy and feel under your jaw.
- It is often necessary to take x-rays to gather further information.
- If it is a child being examined then tooth and jaw development would be noted to assess for future orthodontic treatment..
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Regular dental examinations mean that early detection of problems will enable the treatment to be less complicated.
In partnership with your dentist, you can look after your mouth and prevent future problems.
The dentist should inform you of any treatment required, treatment options and costs.