Regular examination appointments are essential for maintaining your oral health.

During an examination appointment we check for many things and regular attendance means that any problems can be dealt with quickly before it escalates.

Visiting the dentist can be an anxious and stressful time for some. We work hard to build up a trusting relationship with our patients. You are always in control.

What Do We Look For?

  • We can usually spot tooth decay before it becomes a problem.
  • We check all surfaces of the teeth to ensure there is no decay present and keep a watch on anything that could develop into tooth decay.
  • We use digital X-rays to check for decay in between teeth. X-rays are also handy to monitor periodontal disease. We can compare new x-rays to previous ones to see if bone levels are dropping.
  • We measure the health of your gums and check for any plaque and tartar deposits. We can help maintain your gum condition by providing you with a scaling or booking you an appointment with one of our Hygienists.
  • Bacteria found in gum disease eats away at the gum and bone support. When there isn’t enough gum and bone support your teeth become mobile and the only treatment available is extraction.
  • Recent studies have shown the bacteria in gum disease to be dangerous for your general health also. It has been found to cause strokes and heart conditions and has also been found to increase your risk of cancer, so it really is so important to take care of your gums.

Your dentist can help give you instructions and demonstrate the correct way to brush and floss. We understand that everybody is different and not everybody likes the same things. For example; some people love flossing, others just can’t get used to it. Your dentist can help you decide the best way for you to care for your mouth.

  • Another part of your examination appointment is the soft tissue check.
  • We look at all the tissues in your mouth and around your lips for any signs of lumps or anything that could be a sign of Oral Cancer and other conditions.
  • If we find anything suspicious, we will inform you in a gentle manner and request permission to refer you to someone who can diagnose cancer.
  • Most of the time it is nothing to worry about but it’s always best to get anything suspicious checked out.

Remember, smoking and heavy alcohol intake increases your risk of developing oral cancer, so we do advise that you seek help and guidance on quitting smoking and reducing your alcohol intake.

Medication

We also need to make sure that your medical information is up to date so that we are always aware of any allergies you may have; or if you are taking any medication that could affect your treatment.