We generally recommend that most people visit us at six monthly intervals and it’s worth keeping up with these appointments even if your teeth seem healthy. This is because our dentist can detect any small issues, before you feel any discomfort and when treatment is quicker, less invasive. The sooner we are able to detect any problems, the more likely it is that we can save a tooth.
What Should I Expect during a General Dental Examination?
During a general dental examination, our dentist can take a detailed look at the inside of your mouth. They will check the condition of all your teeth, examining them closely for any signs of small lesions that could indicate tooth decay. The condition of any restorations will also be assessed. The health of your gums will be checked, for any signs of disease that could require attention. Our dentist will carry out periodic screenings for any signs of oral cancer by closely examining the inside of your mouth, including your cheeks, lips, tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth. This check is extremely important as oral cancer can be much more successfully treated when caught at an early stage.
Is a General Dental Examination Painful?
A general dental examination is non-invasive and not at all painful. It doesn’t involve any actual treatment, but is simply a very gentle assessment of your dental health. Afterwards, our dentist will discuss the findings with you, including any treatment they feel is required.