A thorough approach to your dental health
Although this page is titled ‘Routine care’, our regular dental health examinations are anything but routine. We take a thorough approach to your dental health and wellbeing and our unhurried routine appointments last around 15 minutes.
We encourage our patients to visit us regularly because your mouth deserves to receive professional care. It’s essential to have your regular oral health screen with us, especially as research potentially links gum disease to arthritis, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and premature births. A staggering 90 per cent of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives but with good dental care the risks can be easily controlled.
Our 16-point dental health examination
1. Mouth Examination
We look at the whole of your mouth to provide a complete oral health examination individual to you.
2. Medical Consultation
Medical conditions and medication can affect the health of your mouth and for this reason we ask you about these at every visit.
3. Discussion About Oral Health Concerns
We discuss your concerns about your mouth and if you have experienced any changes since your last visit.
4. Existing Dental Work Examination
Any fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or other existing dental work is examined to ensure it is still sound.
5. Plaque Check
We check for plaque, which is a major cause of tooth and gum problems, and can advise how to reduce this in order to keep your mouth healthy.
6. Gum Examination
Your gums are examined to screen for gum disease, gum recessions (which may lead to sensitivity) and any other abnormalities that may be apparent.
7. Bite Assesment
Your bite is assessed as the way your teeth meet can affect jaws, teeth and any other dental work in your mouth.
8. Check for Dental Wear
We look for any signs of wear of your teeth. We can discuss the possible reasons for it, make a plan to prevent further wear and if necessary treat it.
9. Jaw Joint Checks
Your jaw joint is checked to see if movements are normal or if any clicks are present.
10. Mouth Cancer Screening
You will be given a mouth cancer screening to detect any early signs of the disease. If any suspect lesions are found, you will be referred immediately to a consultant.
11. Tongue Cheek and Palate Examination
We look at the inside of your mouth (for example tongue, cheek and palate) as they can be affected by various health conditions and reactions to medications and diseases affecting the immune system.
12. Mouth X-rays
Where appropriate x-rays are taken to enable the early detection of decay and to check for possible root or bone problems.
13. Preventative Treatments for Children
We encourage children to attend the practice from an early age and provide preventive treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatment where appropriate.
14. Alignment Examination
We will examine the alignment of your and your child’s teeth. If teeth cross over, you will be given special brushing instruction and advice about orthodontic treatment because straight teeth are easier to keep clean and healthy.
15. Advice on Cosmetic Treatments and Shade Test
Your smile is important and we can advise on treatments to improve the colour and appearance of your teeth and undertake a shade test.
16. Advice on Treatments Tailored to You
Following this comprehensive examination, advice is given and any appropriate treatment is tailored to your individual needs and wishes.