If you’re new to the UK, you are likely nervous about taking your first trip to the dentist at Medicare Dental Clinic – Reading for your first check-up. We’re sure you’d be interested in knowing just what happens to our patients when they step through the doors of the beautifully restored Medicare Clinic in Reading.
Even if you stay on top of brushing and flossing your teeth, you should still have regular check-ups with a dentist to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. Only your dentist at Medicare Dental Clinic – Reading can assess your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental problems such as oral cancer.
At our Medicare Dental Clinic, we want our patients to know the health history and concerns of our patients before we start treating them. Here’s what you can expect from your Medicare Dental Clinic – Reading dentist during the assessment.
When you come to Medicare Dental Clinic – Reading for a check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth for any signs of decay with a metal probe and a small, angled mirror. The dentist will check the bite of your teeth and assess any tooth grinding problems you might have. We continue by examining your neck and the soft tissues of your mouth to check for oral cancer, especially if you are older than 35. If you aren’t sure about the last time you were screened by a dentist, then ask the Medicare Dental Clinic – Reading dentist to give you a screening during the dental check-up. High-risk patients – such as drinkers and smokers – are advised to book regular screenings each month.
We will take x-rays of tooth impressions during the check-up. This gives us a better look at how healthy your teeth are. We also check your gums to test for gum disease. If you find your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, it could be a sign of gum disease. Your dentist will create a detailed report of any filings during the oral health assessment, as well as check for any signs of ledges or fractures with your teeth. We also check the fit, function, and appearance of crowns, bridges, veneers, and implants.
As long as you continue to have regular check-ups at your dentist, you can expect to hold on to your original teeth throughout your entire life.