Dental Health Checks

 

What happens at my dental health check?

At your Dental Health Check, we always thoroughly check the health of your teeth, gums and mouth as shown below

In addition, your Dental Health Check is your opportunity to let us know if there’s anything you’d like to change about your teeth. If there’s something you don’t like about your smile, there are often some simple and effective options to make changes, while keeping a natural appearance.


 

We ask you:

If you have any particular problems you’d like us to check
If there’s anything you’d like to change about your teeth/smile
If our records of your general health need to be updated


 

We check:

Areas outside your mouth

Jaw joint, for clicks/uneven movement
Muscles that control the jaw, for any tenderness or signs of overuse
Salivary glands and lymph nodes, for any lumps or swellings

Areas inside the mouth

A visual screen for signs of mouth cancer
The health of the soft tissues e.g. cheeks/tongue/palate

The health of your gums, including checking

For gingivitis and periodontal disease
Levels of plaque/tartar build up which contribute to gum problems

The health of your teeth, including

Tooth decay (cavities)
Signs of wear/erosion
Fractures and cracks
Signs of abscess/infection
The condition of old fillings/crowns

We may take X-rays if appropriate

To check for signs of hidden cavities or infection
To investigate further any particular problems, e.g. toothache


 

We discuss the things we have checked

We discuss with you the current health of your teeth, gums and mouth, including any treatment which may be appropriate.
We will assess your current risk level for mouth cancer including how to reduce your risk (if appropriate)
We will discuss any measures you can take to help prevent dental problems in future
We discuss any potential treatment options and come to an agreed plan on how to proceed
We will ensure you are aware of the relevant fees, pros and cons of each available treatment option before agreeing on a treatment plan