What happens at a dental check-up?
Regular dental check-ups are important for the maintenance of good oral health. Ideally, these should take place every six months. Here at Willaston Dental Care, we offer a wide range of treatments that can complement any check-ups. Making regular appointments to see the dentist in Cheshire means that we can spot any issues that the patient might not even be aware of and remedy these before they become major problems.
We understand that many people are reluctant to visit the dentist, so we do everything we can to ensure that the experience is calm, comfortable and puts the patient at ease.
Getting to the surgery
It’s a good idea to plan the route and method of travel in advance, especially if the patient is a little nervous. Making an early morning appointment can be a great way to diffuse any anxiety about the visit, as it means that the patient has had their check-up before they’ve had a chance to start worrying about it!
On arrival at the dentist in Cheshire, it’s simply a matter of the patient letting the receptionist know they are here for their appointment. If the patient has any questions or queries while waiting, our friendly reception team is happy to help.
Seeing the dentist
The first stage of the check-up with the dentist in Cheshire involves a discussion about how the patient is doing regarding their oral health. This is their opportunity to mention any issues or discomfort and to ask questions about possible treatments. We are happy to advise about treatments that deal with specific issues and about cosmetic procedures such as straightening or whitening.
The patient will then be asked to lie back and allow the dentist to have a look at the teeth and gums. We conduct a comprehensive examination of the whole mouth that involves looking out for things like plaque and tooth decay. We also check for signs of gum disease as well as any cracks or breaks in the teeth. In addition, there is an assessment of any potential signs of oral cancer, which is important to detect at the earliest possible stages.
After the examination has been completed, the dentist will then advise on what should happen next. This will either be booking the next check-up in 6 months, or an appointment for a treatment such as fillings.
Visiting the hygienist
We usually recommend that our patients visit the hygienist after having their teeth checked over by the dentist. The hygienist can give the teeth a very thorough professional clean. This will help to remove any plaque that the patient hasn’t quite managed to get rid of, which promotes healthier teeth and gums. In addition, a professional clean can also help to remove stains from consuming things like tea, coffee and cola. This means that the teeth and gums will look much brighter as well as being in better condition.
Make the next appointment
It’s a good idea to book the next appointment before leaving the surgery, as it is easy to forget otherwise. Good oral health promotes good general health, so it is well worth doing.