A dental examination shows how healthy your mouth is. After the examination, you and your dentist can discuss the results and the best way to address any problems that may have become apparent.
Questions your dentist may ask:
Scaling and polishing (hygiene appointment)
Plaque is a soft substance that builds up on your teeth and is mostly made up of bacteria. These bacteria feed on sugar from food and drink, and produce acid as a waste product. It is this acid which attacks the teeth by dissolving the minerals in the tooth and causing decay.
If this plaque is allowed to accumulate, the bacteria can also cause the gums to become inflamed, bleed and feel sore. It can also harden, and this makes it more difficult to remove when you brush. This is called tartar or calculus, and can grow under the gum causing gum disease. You cannot remove these hard deposits with a toothbrush, which is why your dentist or hygienist will descale your teeth with hand instruments and/or an ultrasonic scaler. They may also polish your teeth to remove staining and make it more difficult for the plaque to stick to your teeth.
Mouth cancer screening
Your dentist can spot mouth cancer early, especially if you attend examinations on a regular basis. Your dentist will examine your face and neck, and feel under your jaw and down your neck. They will examine inside your mouth, under your tongue, also your lips, cheeks and throat.
How often should I attend?
Your recall time should be based on your dental fitness and discussion with your dentist. Generally patients attend every six months for an examination and hygiene appointment. Some patients who are more susceptible to gum problems may have more regular hygiene appointments.
Routine examination - £45.30
Hygiene appointment - £53.64
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