It is important to attend regular routine dental check-up as any potential problems could be identified early and appropriate action can be taken. Tooth decay can, if left untreated, cause the total loss of a tooth within a year. For this reason it is important that you attend every 6 months.

Our Dentists will check your teeth for cavities and broken fillings or crowns. Dental decay may appear as a hole or sometimes as a dark shadow underneath the surface of the enamel. The dentist will then check the gums and your general oral hygiene to ensure there are no problems there. S/he may use a special probe to test the depth of the pockets around your teeth in order to detect gum disease early. Finally the soft tissues are checked for ulcerations or other lesions. The dentist may also check the jaws and associated muscles. The dentist may then take X-rays (radiographs) if necessary. These show any hidden decay between the teeth and the level of the bone which may indicate periodontal disease.
What is involved in your dental check-up?
At your check-up, your dentist will:
    > Head and neck - Your dentist will look for any problems on the exterior surface of your head and neck, as well as feel for any swelling or tenderness (which are signs of an infection or disease) in your lymph nodes and salivary glands in your neck area. We will also examine your temporomandibular joint to determine if it is working properly.
    > Soft tissue - The soft tissues of your mouth include the tongue, inside of the lips and cheeks, and the floor and roof of the mouth. We will examine these areas for spots, lesions, cuts, swellings, or growths that could indicate an oral health problem. Your dentist will also inspect the back of your throat and tonsil area.
    > Gum tissue - We will examine your gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Your dentist will look for signs of gum disease, which include red or puffy gum tissue and tissue that easily bleeds when gently poked. If your dentist determines you have gum disease, he or she might send you to a periodontist.
    > Occlusion - We will check how well your upper and lower teeth come together. Your dentist might simply look at how your teeth meet, or he or she might take wax impressions of your teeth if a more careful exam of "your bite" is necessary.
    > Clinical examination of teeth - We will check for signs of tooth decay by examining the surface of every tooth. He or she will likely poke your teeth with a dental instrument, called an explorer, to look for cavities. (Decayed enamel feels softer when poked compared to healthy enamel.) Your dentist will also check for any problems with fillings, braces, bridges, dentures, crowns, or other restorations.
    > X-rays - We will take X-rays to look for signs of tooth decay, as well as for gum disease and other oral health problems.
    > Ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit
    > Ask about and give advice on your diet, smoking and drinking
    > Ask about your teeth-cleaning habits and give you advice on the most appropriate ways to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy
    > Explain any risks, as well as costs, of all treatment you may need
    > Discuss with you when your next visit should be
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Examination & Check-up
  We are at: Suite B, 23A  Bargates
Dorset, BH23 1QD
  Telephone: 01202 485993
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Monday 8 a.m to 5 p.m (closed between 12.30 and 1.15pm)
Tuesday 8 a.m to 5 p.m (closed between 12.30 and 1.15pm)
Wednesday 8 a.m to 5 p.m  (closed between 12.30 and 1.15pm)
Thursday 8 a.m to 5 p.m  (closed between 12.30 and 1.15pm)
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