Even if you are religious about brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, you will still need to have regular dental check-ups if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This is because only your Soho dentist can check your mouth for early signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer or other dental problems, which give no signs of pain until they are well advanced.
At PS Dental Care, all our patients are offered a comprehensive oral health assessment. We encourage you to discuss your health history and any concerns before proceeding to treatment. Here is what to expect from our Soho dentist during your oral health assessment.
Examining your teeth
When you come for a check-up, your Soho dentist will use a metal probe and a small mirror with an angled handle to carefully examine your teeth for signs of decay. Your dentist will also check how your upper and lower teeth are biting together and whether you have tooth grinding problems. You can also expect to have your neck and the soft tissues of your mouth examined for signs of oral cancer, especially if you are over 35 years old. If you are not entirely certain when you had your last screening, ask your Soho dentist to repeat the screening during your dental check-up. Patients at high risk are advised to have regular screenings every month.
During your check-up, you may find that we need to take x-rays or tooth impressions. Also, we will be checking the health of your gums for signs of disease. During your oral health assessment, you will also find us keeping a detailed record of the state of all your existing fillings and looking for signs of fractures or ledges on your teeth. We will be doing the same for all existing crowns, veneers, bridges or implants to check for fit, appearance and function.
At PS Dental Care, we offer professional cleaning to help your teeth get rid of plaque and tartar build-up, which tends to accumulate in hard-to-reach areas. Taking good care of your oral health is the best way to prevent problems in the future.