Getting your teeth and gums checked relatively often allows you to stay on top of your oral health, helping keep dental surprises to a minimum. Dentist check-up appointments are there to be what it says on the tin – a check-up. Booking and attending a check-up appointment will not only help your dentist explore possible issues, but can also be used to ask for advice or guidance regarding teeth cleaning processes and improving overall oral health.
What you can expect from a dentist check-up?
When attending a dental check-up at The 24/7 Dentist, our dentists will carry out a thorough examination of your overall oral health, including your teeth, gums, and general mouth, completing any required treatments.
As mentioned, our team can give you guidance on other aspects of oral health, such as your current diet, teeth cleaning routine, and drinking and smoking habits. Don’t worry, our team isn’t here to judge you – they’re here to help you and improve your quality of life, ensuring you can show off your smile with pride.
Why are dentist check-ups important?
Many issues could arise that are directly linked to your oral health. Due to this, dentist-check up appointments are key to identifying and correcting any possible problems you’re facing – as well as an overall oral health check. The typical areas checked and identified during a dentist check up include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Brushing techniques
The above examples are just a taste of the problems that can be targeted and improved upon when visiting a check-up appointment. Depending on the dental issues you have, some could present the need for further appointments to fix extensive problems, such as needing a filling or a crown.
How often do you need check-ups?
The length of time between attending a dentist check-up appointment will depend on your level of oral health and history of potential oral issues. It is recommended on the NHS website that those with good oral health see a dentist every 12-24 months. However, if your oral health isn’t quite as good or you’ve had previous issues with your teeth or gums, it is suggested to get a dentist check-up, possibly once or even twice a year.
If further work to your teeth and gums needs to be addressed, another appointment would need to be scheduled, which is typically organised through your normal dentist practice.
Typically, you’ll need to sign up with a dentist if you aren’t already, and doing so will allow you to book a dentist check-up and receive treatment and guidance.
There are NHS and private dentists available for most, with similar signing up processes, with some differing, depending on the information the practice would need. Once signed up, you’ll be able to get booked in and receive a dentist check-up. Fees and booking availability will also differ depending on the practice.
Virtual dentist appointments
If you’re unable to visit your nearest clinic for a dentist check-up, there are now options to book virtual appointments online. Here at The 24/7 Dentist, we offer the possibility of virtual appointments to ensure no oral issue can go unchecked and that we can help as many patients as possible.
Our 24/7 Dentist locations
We understand that occasionally, the chances of getting a dentist check-up may not be possible, with emergency care being the only available course of action if an emergency dental situation arises.
The 247 Dentist offers a selection of available locations that patients can explore online now, ranging from the South Coast of the UK to further North. Our clinics, along with our expert dentists, can advise the next course of action. Emergency dentists, especially out-of-hours appointments, have their own fees, which can be found on our website.