Routine exam Overview
Taking care of your teeth means more than just brushing and flossing. For complete care, it’s important to visit a dentist at least once a year for a regular check-up and professional cleaning.
In addition to the cleaning, the dentist will also inspect for cavities and any other signs of tooth decay.
Your exam will include:
- Examination of your external oral health (facial muscles, TMJ/joint check, glands etc)
- Oral Cancer screening
- Soft Tissues Check (cheek, tongue, roof & floor of mouth)
- Gum Health (periodontal health has been lined to diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other medical conditions)
- Occlusion health – your bite (stability, wear, crossbites, interference)
- Signs of decay and/or infection
- Current restorations (fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, dentures)
- Current shade of teeth
- Current alignment of teeth
Visits to the dentist protects your overall health and can help you avoid serious health complications and disease such as oral cancer. Mouth cancer is an important global healthcare problem. There are more than 300 cases of cancer of the mouth (oral cavity and pharynx) reported in Ireland every year. Dentists have a key role in the early detection of mouth cancer and in the prevention of the disease by identifying those patients who are exposed to risk factors.