The Check Up
The dental check up is a thorough and comprehensive examination of your mouth.
After discussing your medical history and your general health condition, your dentist will check your soft tissues – the inside of the lips, the tongue, the palate, the inside of the cheeks, checking for abnormal conditions.
After that a screening of your periodontal health is carried out (the state of your gums). Minor cases of gum disease may mean a recommendation to visit the hygienist for a full-mouth scale and polish and oral hygiene instruction.
Finally your teeth are checked for decay, fractures, defective fillings and unsightly restorations. Small digital x-rays will be taken to gain a better view of hidden areas of your mouth, for example, to detect whether any decay is occurring between or inside your teeth. X-rays also help to show the supporting bone level in your jaw, to detect signs of advanced periodontal disease or infections.
So many people say just a check up, but this is a health check, and the basis of all treatment planning and it is very important in deed!