What is a dental examination?
These are commonly known as check-ups. This is just a short appointment where your dentist will assess your teeth, evaluate soft tissues, periodontal tissues and carry out an oral cancer screening. This is aslo a chance for your dentist to find any problems you may have.
You should make sure to have regular exams and your dentist will advise you on how often to attend based on your individual needs.
What's involved in a dental exam?
At your exam appointment, your dentist will:
Ask you about any problems or pain you may have had since your last exam
Examine your teeth, soft tissues like your cheeks, tongue and then your periodontal tissues which are your gums.
Check for any signs of oral cancer or other general diseases that can affect the mouth.
Give you advice on things you can do to improve your oral health, toothbrushing methods and dietary advice.
If any further problems are identified, your dentist will advise the next steps.
Your dentist may also recommend to take x-rays of your mouth to check for any underlying problems such as decay or bone loss due to gum disease.
If you have a build-up of plaque, perform a scale and polish straightaway if necessary or recommend to book an appointment at a later date.
Sometimes, scale and polishes are carried out in the same appointment as your exam.
I am anxious about attending?
If you are nervous, please let us know when booking appointment. We will do our best to put you at ease.
We also have experience in dealing with dental anxiety.