Dental check up appointments are paramount in catching potential disease symptoms and signs early. This includes decay, gum disease and oral cancer. We understand the “C” word can be daunting, but we can’t stress enough how important these check-ups are. Mouth cancer screening is performed as part of your routine dental check-up where we check the whole of your mouth and neck. We will typically encourage you to attend a routine examination twice a year, although you may need to make more frequent visits if you smoke, have a high sugar diet or have already had a lot of dental treatment historically.
During your dental check up appointment, we will examine your teeth and gums, the soft and hard tissues of your mouth and your peri-oral region (the area around your mouth), as well as your jaw joints (known as TMJs). TMJ problems can sometimes be responsible for regular headaches, earaches or even neck aches, and they are often associated with grinding or clenching of your teeth. Dental radiographs are also part of your check ups, at no extra charge, on intervals determined by your risk level, but usually on a 2 or 3 year basis.