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Dental Examination

Dental Examination

A dental examination shows how healthy your mouth is. After an examination, you and your dentist can discuss the results and plan the best way to deal with any problems.

What will my dentist do?

As well as doing a full examination, your dentist will ask you some questions. For example:

  • Any problems you’ve noticed?
  • Your general health and any medicines you might be taking. (It is important for your dentist to know whatever medication you are taking at the time of examination)
  • Your diet is quite important because if sugary snacks and drinks are consistent in your diet; this can cause tooth decay and because a balanced diet is important to your general health and resistance to disease.
  • How you clean your teeth as correct cleaning habits helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Your dentist will ask you if you are a smoker as smoking is a catalyst to an unhealthy mouth and also damaging to you general health.
  • Your dentist will compare your mouth now with how it was when they last saw you, looking at your jaw, mouth, tongue, cheeks, lips, the roof of your mouth and the back of your throat. The dentist will also look at your teeth and gums to see if there are signs of decay or gum disease.
  • For children your dentist will also be looking at tooth and jaw development in case orthodontic treatment might be needed now or at a later stage.
  • Decide whether they need more information from x-rays (see dental x-rays for more information)
  • Tell you any treatment that may be required explaining your choices and the cost. An estimation can be printed out for your at the end of the examination on your request.

What are the benefits?

Regular examinations mean that your dentist can spot problems and correct them at an early stage before the treatment becomes more extensive and help prevent against future problems.