Your Routine Dental Examination

 

Your dentist will suggest when you should have your next check-up based on how good your oral health is.

The time between check-ups can vary from three months to two years depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems.

 

Why do I need a dental check-up?

 

A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it's best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether. Your dentist will also check the soft tissues of your mouth to ensure they are also healthy.

 

What happens during a dental check-up?

 

At each check-up, your dentist should:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and the rest of your mouth. X-rays may be taken.
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
  • Discuss with you any treatment required.

How often should I have a dental check-up?

 

After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time until your next check-up could be as short as three months or as long as two years. Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. 

 

What about dental treatments?

 

This advice is about routine check-ups only. You may have other appointments for dental treatments such as fillings, teeth cleaning (scale and polish), having a tooth taken out or emergency treatment.

If you have problems with your teeth between check-ups, contact your dental surgery to make an earlier appointment. In an emergency outside normal working hours, contact your surgery on its usual number and you will be told how to access emergency dental care.

 

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