Dental health checks are one of the best and easiest ways to maintain the highest standard of dental health. A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it's best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether.
During your dental health check, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, tongue and mouth. We will ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit. We will also ask about and give you advice on your diet, smoking and alcohol use as well as teeth-cleaning habits.
We also pay close attention to the soft tissues in your mouth, looking for any changes and the symptoms of oral cancer. Mouth cancer is responsible for more than 1,800 deaths every year in the UK, and most of these are could have been avoided if the cancer was caught early enough.
Mouth cancer can affect any area of your mouth, including your tongue and lips. The warning signs of mouth cancer include a painless ulcer that doesn't heal or a red or white patch in the mouth. If you have any of these symptoms for longer than three weeks, make an appointment to see us or your GP as soon as possible.