Routine dentalcheck-ups play a vital role in maintaining your oral health and preventing different dental issues. During your dental exam, your dental professional will clean your teeth, remove plaques and tartar, and check for gum disease and cavities. The dental exam will also involve evaluating your risk of several oral problems, checking your mouth, face and neck for signs of dental issues.
Your dentist may also perform dental x-rays or radiographs and other diagnostic procedures to ensure your oral health is perfect. You may also get to discuss your diet and oral hygiene routine, and then the dental professional will show you the right way to floss and brush your teeth. Your dentist may also discuss your lifestyle and how it affects your health and possible cosmetic improvements for your teeth.
Regular dental check-ups help to protect your oral and overall health. For example, if you have certain systemic diseases such as diabetes, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, the symptoms may show in your mouth first.
If your hygienist or dentist notices signs of these diseases, they will refer you to your doctor for further examination. During your dental exam, the dentist will also inform you how to care for your teeth and detect oral health problems early when chances of successful treatments are higher.
Dental professionals advise adults to have regular dental check-ups at intervals recommended by their dentist. You still need regular dental check-ups to maintain your oral health and examine your replacement teeth even without natural teeth.
Your dentist may carry out a dental x-ray to get detailed images of some sections of your mouth, which helps diagnose dental problems that a dental examination may miss. You may not need to get dental x-rays at every visit, and your dentist will inform you when you need x-rays based on your oral health.
During your dental check-up, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer by feeling the areas under your jaw, inside your lips and cheeks, sides of your neck, sides of your tongue, and the floor and roof of your mouth.
Your dentist may suggest taking your dental impressions to have a replica of your oral tissues and teeth. The impression will help your dentist evaluate your bite and make bleaching trays and mouthguards.
The dentist will fill horseshoe-shaped trays with soft, gelatin-like material and then place them on your lower and upper teeth. After some minutes, the dentist will remove the trays and use them to make a dental cast. You may need to bite down on a soft material if your dentist needs to access your bite.
Your dentist may also recommend when you should have your next dental check-up. If you are at risk of having any dental problems, you may need more frequent dental check-ups. The dentist may also suggest treatments depending on your oral health.
In some cases, you will need to undergo special treatments such as gum treatment or oral surgery by a specialist dentist.
If you are yet to have your routine dental check-up, visit Smile Clinic London today or call us now on 020 7139 8611 to schedule an appointment for a dental check-up.