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A dental examination is a comprehensive inspection of the teeth and surrounding soft tissue in the mouth. Regular examinations allow us to monitor the condition and health of your teeth and gums, revealing any changes to your oral health.
By having routine six monthly examinations, your teeth and oral health will be comprehensively examined to ensure there are no existing or early forms of disease.
By doing this we can prevent problems such as advanced gum disease, broken fillings or untreated cavities developing. Poor oral health and poor general health are likely to occur together and impact on each other. Poor oral health is significantly associated with major chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. By establishing good oral hygiene habits and presenting for regular dental examinations, your treatment needs will involve less invasive procedures, your oral health and overall general health, will therefore benefit.
It is recommended to have dental radiographs (x-rays) taken during dental check-ups. This allows us to view areas of the tooth and surrounding tissue that are not visible to the naked eye or dental probe, during a regular dental examination.
There are often many dental diseases such as decay and tooth infection that may be detected in dental radiographs, before there are any symptoms or visible clinical signs observed in the mouth. Early detection is highly beneficial, in that treatment required may be more conservative and preventive, for example; treatment of early sign of decay with fluoride application rather than restoration (filling). We may also provide advice on changes to diet and oral hygiene regime at home, which can also help in preventing further or future damage to teeth and gums.