Promoting oral health

   

Regular check-ups

Having a regular inspection of your mouth is important, as it allows us to assess the state of your teeth and gums, check for infection, damage or decay, and look for any early signs of more serious disease - including cancer.

For children, a six-monthly check also allows us to see how the teeth are growing, and that the jaw is developing correctly.

At your regular check-up, we will:

  • review your your medical history and ask about any medication you may be taking;
  • ask if you have had any pain or sensitivity with your teeth, or noticed any bleeding gums when brushing;
  • have a thorough look around your mouth to check your teeth and tongue, plus the inside of your cheeks, the palate and roof of your mouth. Your dentist may also feel around your jaw joints;
  • carry out a gum examination, feeling for any tartar below the gum and looking for any bleeding points - which tell us where you may need more help and advice with tooth brushing;
  • we may also discuss your diet and ask if you smoke or drink alcohol.
Our dentists and hygienists will always be willing to answer any questions you may have and give advice on toothbrushes, brushing techniques and other steps you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We will also advise when your next check-up is recommended.