This includes a full oral screen for tooth decay, gum disease, diseases of the oral cavity lining and facial soft tissues, a cosmetic opinion including orthodontic referral if necessary, tooth brushing instruction and dietary advice if required.
It will always start with a brief yet detailed assessment of general health as medical conditions, medications and allergies can have an effect on the procedures that may follow. X-rays are sometimes required to check in areas that cannot be directly seen (under and in-between teeth).
The dentist will then present the findings of the check-up, advise if treatment is required and suggest an appropriate time for the next check-up. The frequency of check-ups is based upon the risk of new problems occurring for that person, usually between 3 and 12 months. Any proposed treatment will be have all the options explained and be accompanied by a written treatment plan.