What is a dental check-up?
In a dental check-up appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth, mouth and gums to ensure your mouth is healthy. It’s also a chance for them to find any problems you might have.
You should have regular check-ups and your dentist will advise you on how often this should be to best meet your individual needs. Your dentist will let you know during your appointment when you next need to come back.
What’s involved in a check-up?
At every check-up, your dentist will:
- Examine your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue.
- Ask you questions about any problems or pain you’ve had since your last check-up.
- Give you advice on things you can do to improve your oral health such as recommendations on your diet, how to brush, oral hygiene, etc…
Your dentist may also need to take X-rays of your mouth to check for any hidden problems such as decay and bone loss due to gum disease .
If you have a build-up of plaque, you may be referred to a hygienist to perform a scale and polish, or your dentist may do this straightaway if necessary. Sometimes, hygienist treatments are carried out in the same appointment as your check-up.
Your dentist will also check for any signs of mouth cancer or other general diseases that can affect the mouth at each dental check-up. If any further problems are identified, your dentist will recommend the next steps to take.
How long does a dental check-up take and how much does it cost?
Appointment lengths and costs vary depending on whether you’re an NHS patient or undertaking Bupa Dental Essentials or private treatment. Prices also differ depending on if you’re seeking dental check-ups in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, for a full breakdown, please see our price comparison below.† Check-ups can also vary depending on your oral health.