Dental check-ups

Dental check-ups are essential for maintaining a healthy smile. They allow your dentist to assess your oral health to see if you need any treatment.

You might not feel there's anything wrong with your teeth but it's essential to have regular check-ups to keep your mouth healthy, and make sure any issues are dealt with as soon as possible – or prevent them altogether. Remember, it’s much easier to prevent problems, than cure them.

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.

I’m nervous about having a check-up

If you’re nervous about dental treatment, let your practice know when you book. We’re used to treating people who have dental anxiety, and there are ways a dentist can change their approach to help you.

Booking your check-up at Bupa Dental Care

Search for your local practice to book your check-up. They’ll be happy to help you book your appointment and answer any questions you might have.

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†Price of NHS Band 1 treatment as at April 2019. Price stated for private check-up is based on the average figure across 338 Bupa Dental Care practices as at April 2019. Price comparison is of nearest equivalent services across NHS, Bupa Dental Essentials and private for a single routine check-up appointment. Scope of services is not identical across NHS, Bupa Dental Essentials and private – please speak with your local Bupa Dental Care practice for further information. Bupa Dental Essentials £33 check-up includes two X-rays, additional X-rays charged at £6.50 each.

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