The first step towards good oral hygiene is getting regular, through dental check-up from a trusted clinic near you. These assessments will reveal underlying potential defects or lesions which you may not be aware of and help you prevent future problems. It is not enough to maintain good oral hygiene practices at home; decay,gum disease or infections often occur unexpectedly and silently. Moreover, checkups will help you identify and understand the status of your oral health.
How Often Should I Get A Dental Check-Up?
Dentists recommend an oral check-up at least twice a year. However, this time period can vary depending on your oral hygiene. Those with a higher frequency of oral problems can be called in as often as once every three months, in the absence of visible problems as part of routine oral health maintenance. The dentist will assess the condition of your teeth and gums and let you know when to visit next at the end of your appointment.
There are two types of examinations:1) Emergency examination to address your concerns and discuss your oral health. 2)Comprehensive examinations include detailed examination of the oral cavity.
What Should I Expect From an Comprehensive Examination?
Process is generally standard, though the minor details may vary from dentist to dentist.
- In a general check-up, the dentist will carry out a simple visual appraisal of your gums, teeth and tongue using a mirror to rule out infections and cavities.
- Following this, a dental ‘probe’ is used to gently feel the teeth and gums.
- This is the extent of a typical check-up; after this, there will be a general discussion where the dentist will ask you about any pain, discomfort or uneasiness you may have experienced (regarding your teeth) and what oral hygiene habits you have been following.
- Some pictures of your teeth,gums are taken using a intra-oral camera
- The Dentist may take two small x-rays for your teeth to check their health.
- If you get a clean bill of health, the dentist will then make general recommendations on good oral health and set-up a date for the next appointment.
- If there is a problem of any sort,suggestions for minor corrective measures or surgeries, consulting a specialist or a second set of the necessary tests may be made.
- More intensive assessments will include the use of full mouth x-rays, periodontal probing.
We offer both these types of dental examinations , as well as a range of minor and major corrective surgeries.