Monitoring the health of your smile so we can prevent issues
For your teeth to have the best chance at a long life, they need a lot of maintenance. While most of the work comes from you, we are here to help. Your dentist is on call to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy. Seeing your dentist once every six months is enough to keep on top of your oral health, checking for any issues and making sure that your home cleaning is doing the best job.
Your trip to the dentist explained
Many dental issues don’t display symptoms until it’s too late. Seeing a dentist regularly allows us to prevent problems before they get out of hand. We can spot early signs of gum disease, any tooth wear from clenching or jaw disorders, and dental decay. Prevention is always better than cure, so giving us the opportunity to examine your mouth will protect your smile.
What is involved in a routine examination?
If it’s your first dental visit in a while, we’ll need you to fill out a medical history form. This is just to give us a clear picture of your general health and if there are any underlying issues that may be affecting your oral health.
Routine visits usually only take 15 minutes. The main part of the appointment is your full dental health assessment. Your dentist will check all your teeth, your gums, all your soft tissues and your jaw. If you have any restorative work, that will also be checked to make sure everything is still secure and working properly. We also screen for mouth cancer.
After the assessment, you’ll have the chance to talk through any concerns you have about your smile. If you want to have cosmetic treatment, it’s a good time to chat about what has caught your interest. Your dentist will also talk through any issues and whether you will need treatment.