Full Mouth Examination
Before we look at your teeth we will review your medical history to see if there are any changes that need to be updated. It is important to let your dentist know if you are on any new medications or if you were diagnosed with any medical conditions since your last dental visit.
During an examination your dentist will inspect the soft and hard tissue in your mouth. By inspecting the soft tissue we are looking for any abnormalities, halitosis (bad breath), signs of periodontal (gum) disease or jaw joint problems. We always thoroughly check inside the mouth for any signs of oral cancer
While inspecting your teeth your dentist will be checking for decay, bite anomalies, seeing how your teeth can be improved functionally as well as how your smile can be enhanced aesthetically.
We use a state of the art intra-oral camera which is used inside the mouth to show you things you have probably never seen before! In this way we can work with you to help you understand fully your dental health needs and develop a plan for your long-term health.
We will also, where appropriate, take x-rays of your teeth to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. They will help us discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
The old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ is never more applicable than in dentistry. That is why we recommend regular dental checkups and hygiene visits which could be anything between 3-24 months depending upon your needs. Your dentist will recommend the most suitable interval for your next check-up.
We take prevention very seriously and will routinely provide advice on:
how to clean your teeth correctly in order to help prevent gum disease - still a major cause of tooth loss
how to avoid foods and drinks which cause tooth decay and erosion of the teeth
how to stop smoking
Keeping your teeth healthy, clean, and strong plays an essential part in making sure you have a beautiful smile for life.