Dental check up appointments
Visit your dentist every 6 months
Visiting your dentist every six months for a dental check is essential for optimum oral health. This is because many more people today expect to keep their ‘Teeth for Life’. Regular dental maintenance is the best way to achieve this, for the least expense and inconvenience.
People don’t want to have false teeth in their sixties or seventies. Instead they want to keep their natural teeth for far longer than their parents or grandparents ever did. We live longer and enjoy a far higher standard of dentistry. All this has helped us redefine how long our natural teeth should last. The key to this fundamental change is a regular dental maintenance plan (or six-monthly check up routine).
Your Dental Checkup
The six-monthly dental check up is not a quick five-minute scan with a dental probe, but much more. It is a thorough and detailed examination for tiny clues that can indicate bigger problems later, if they are not caught in time.
During your checkup appointment we evaluate the health of your gums and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. We pay special attention to plaque and tartar.
This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
We have a cancellation policy of at least 24 hours to avoid any late cancellations or missed appointment fees for time that can be offered to patients that need it most and is left unused.
We may also require a small deposit for further bookings when an appointment has been missed without any notice.
We aim to send automated courtesy email and text reminders for booked appointments, however the responsibility lies with the patient.
If your gums have had a history of disease and are also prone to inflammation, you need to have your teeth professionally scaled and cleaned regularly – particularly if your dentist has found deep pockets down the side of any teeth.
Hygiene (plaque and tartar) levels should be monitored, corrected and improved at those sessions. Although six months is a reasonable interval between cleaning, you may need to have this done more frequently.
Even the best fillings have a limited life. Eventually, they deteriorate and need replacing. Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime because they are made of strong and durable materials. However, their joint with the tooth root underneath can be a weak point. If there is a leakage, the root underneath may decay. Catch this early or you risk losing the tooth.
Soft Tissue Changes
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