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* Oral health has been linked to various conditions in other parts of the body particularly heart disease and diabetes.
"I would recommend the practice without hesitation. Thank you for all your help and support"
(Ms. Johnson. Ref: 13.10.09.01).
"My problem was fear.
Staff here are very patient and understanding".
(Mr Hardy. Ref: 13.10.15.04).
The mouth is a window into a person's health.
A dentist works to maintain and restore your dental health - and linked to this - can pick up clues on your overall health*. A regular check-up ensures that any problems are picked up early before they can develop into something more serious or complex.
Your Initial Consultation
At your initial consultation we will want to get an overall picture of your dental health, general health and any issues that are on your mind. The comprehensive oral examination includes:
- Listening to issues you may have about the health of your teeth, gums and mouth
- Listening to issues you may have about the appearance of your teeth and any cosmetic changes you may be seeking
- Examining the health of your teeth and gums. X-rays will be taken if required
- Examining the stability, function and aesthetics of previous dental work (e.g. any fillings/crowns )
- Examining your jaw joint and the stability and fit of your bite (occlusion)
- Screening for mouth cancer (see below for more details)
- Asking about your general health to identify any risk factors that may affect your oral health and/or treatment. As part of this section we will examine your neck for enlarged lymph nodes
- Assessing your lifestyle to identify any risk factors that may affect your oral health.
We will discuss the findings with you. If treatment is required we will provide you with a written estimate, with full details of cost and payment options.
You can expect a warm friendly welcome every time you come to our practice. At each check-up we will: examine your teeth, gums and mouth; Ask about your general health and any problems you've had with your teeth, mouth or gums; Offer advice on oral health; Discuss with you a date for your next visit. Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. We also recommend that you regularly visit our hygienist.
Mouth Cancer Screening
Mouth cancer screening is part of every check-up. Cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and throat. Screening involves feeling for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face and oral cavity: looking for any sores or discoloured tissue; and checking for any typical signs and symptoms. If your dentist does suspect there is a problem they will refer you to a specialist at a local hospital.
Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face a greater risk. Smokers and heavy alcohol drinkers are most at risk but 25% of cases are not linked to these factors. If not diagnosed and treated early, cancer can be life threatening. This is where regular check-ups can make a huge difference.