Even though no treatment is involved, it could be said that the ‘routine’ check-up is the most important visit to a dentist that any patient makes.
We’re strong believers in the value of prevention and we encourage our patients never to miss an appointment with the dentist, hygienist or therapist. Check-ups at Upton Dental are always thoroughly conducted and we take great care to assess your gums and soft tissues as well as your teeth. Regular and thorough examinations are essential to identify early signs of decay and gum disease before they cause significant harm.
Excellent oral hygiene plays a big part in prevention, too. An important aspect of any check-up is advising patients about their own dental care routine. We’ll always offer advice on an individual basis and point out the best ways to keep your teeth looking good and, most importantly, staying healthy.
Check-ups normally take place every six months, but we might need to arrange more frequent appointments depending on your individual case. Like so much in our approach to dentistry, ‘one size fits all’ is never the rule!
What we’ll look out for during your check-up
Many patients come to believe that a dental check-up is nothing more than a quick ‘once round’ the mouth to look for signs of decay. Here at Upton Dental, the check-up routine we preform is much more involved than this – although we still won’t take up too much of your time. Your examination will include:
- A thorough check-up of your teeth, mouth and gums. This will include screening for any signs of oral cancer.
- Questions about your general health and whether you’ve encountered any problems with your teeth since we last saw you.
- A chat about your diet, taking in any relevant advice on smoking or alcohol use which may affect your oral health.
- Advice on your own dental regime, including the most effective brushing techniques.
We’ll always round off your check-up by making arrangements for your next visit and making sure that you know exactly what to do if you have any problems in the meantime.