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Why do I need a dental check-up?

A check-up allows your dentist to assess your current oral health and determine the risk of future disease. Dental appointments also allow your dentist advise you on the appropriate care and treatment to keep your teeth clean and healthy. It is important that you take the time to attend a regular dental appointment, as this can help you maintain good oral health. If you become aware of any problems with your teeth, mouth or gums you should have it treated immediately, as leaving problems untreated could result in further issues and may be more difficult to treat in the future.

What happens at a dental check-up?

During a check-up, your dentist will carry out a full examination of your teeth, mouth and gums to ensure you are maintaining good oral health. It is normal for your dentist to ask you about your general health, and if you have had any problems with your teeth, mouth and gums since your last visit. Your dentist will often advise you on your diet, teeth-cleaning habits, and smoking and alcohol use, as these factors can often affect oral health.

How often should I have a dental check-up?

It is recommended that you visit your dentist for a check-up every six months. However, if you experience any unusual problems with your teeth, mouth or gums before your scheduled visit, you should contact your dental surgery immediately to book an earlier appointment.

What if I need further dental treatment following my check-up?

Your dentist will inform you during your visit if you require further treatment. They will normally prompt you to make another appointment to come back at a later date that best suits you. You may have to book other appointments for dental treatments such as a scale and polish, fillings, broken teeth, gum disease or an emergency treatment.