Regular Check-ups Save Teeth

A dental check upDental check-ups. Most people have a myriad of other things they’d like to spend £50 or so on every six months, rather than having someone poke around in their mouths while talking in a secret code of numbers and letters to a masked colleague. It’s not top of their list to spend hard-earned money on possibly painful and lengthy treatments.

Even those who are complete saints in the dentistry department, brushing their teeth twice daily in the latest required manner with the right electric brush; flossing after meals and even using mouthwash, even they are never going to be able to spot the early signs of tooth decay. They’re certainly never going to be able to remove any plaque that has hardened into yellow tartar in hard to reach places. For that they will need a good dentist in Harley Street, such as those at the Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Only a dentist in Harley Street can provide the professional cleaning required to remove plaque and tartar. Although it can sometimes feel like the money for a check-up is being wasted, prevention really is better, and cheaper, than cure. Most good dentists offer new patients a comprehensive oral health assessment, and will want to know their health history and any concerns they may have before they start treating them.

What to expect during a check-up

The dentist will carefully examine the teeth for signs of decay. This is when teeth get gently prodded with a metal probe, while the dentist examines the backs of them with a small mirror with an angled handle. The dentist in Harley Street will also check how the upper and lower teeth come together and will look for evidence of tooth grinding and jaw problems. This is when the patient may have to bite down on some paper that looks like old-fashioned carbon copy paper. The patient may also find their dentist taking x-rays.

All the time they are doing this, they will be talking in special dental code to the nurse, who will be recording in detail the state of each tooth, recording fractures, erosion, broken fillings and so on. The dentist will do the same for all existing crowns, veneers, bridges or implants.