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Routine Dental Checkup

When it comes to your dental care, prevention is always better than cure. That’s why your routine dental care is essential to protecting your teeth and gums from issues that could result in further treatment at a later date. Issues such as dental decay, cavities and gum disease can be spotted early at a routine check-up, giving us the chance to catch things early.

New patient examinations are a little longer than routine check-ups as we carry out a full oral health examination as well as take any x-rays. An examination involves:

  • Checking for existing or potential problems with your teeth or gums
  • Checking the tissues supporting your teeth for signs of gum disease
  • Checking the appropriate lymph and salivary glands and your tongue, palate and the other soft tissues inside your mouth
  • Checking your bite and looking for signs of tooth wear

An intra-oral camera may also be used to help you see what your dentist sees during your dental examination, helping you increase your understanding of your oral health.

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How often do I need to see a Dentist?

It’s best to see a dentist every six months so we can check for any issues and keep on top of your oral health. Your dentist is best placed to advise on when they would like to see you next. If your oral health is in prime condition, there’s no need to see you so soon and you will most likely only need to be seen once a year.

Looking after your gum health

While dental examinations check the health of your teeth, hygiene appointments focus on your gum health. With more adult teeth being lost due to gum disease rather than tooth decay, regular dental hygiene treatment is essential to keeping your gums and teeth healthy.

What happens during my hygiene appointment?

Hygienists are clinicians trained in assessing, tracking and treating gum disease. Part of the hygienist’s job is to carry out a check of your gums and supporting tissues to look for any signs of inflammation.
Most of the appointment is taken up with a thorough scaling of your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar build-up in those areas brushing cannot reach. Then there is a clean and polish to remove any superficial stains on your teeth
Before you leave, we provide offer tailored advice on how to maintain good dental health and demonstrate techniques you can use at home. We also offer same-day emergency dental appointments, so if you’re in pain or injured then contact us straight away.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

What is a routine dental check up?

A routine dental check should be undertaken every six months. However, your dentist will recommend each time when to see you next. It is important to protect your teeth and gums from issues that can be prevented. They usually involve observing how healthy your teeth are, hygiene appointments to maintain your gum health.

What is included in routine dental care?

A routine dental care check up involves:

Ensuring there are no existing or potential issues with your teeth and gums
Ensuring there are no signs of gum disease by checking the tissue supporting your teeth
Observing the lymph and salivary glands, tongue, palate and any other soft tissues in your mouth
Checking the quality of your bite and determining any signs of tooth wear.

Does a dental check up hurt?

A dental check up should not result in any pain or discomfort. Although, if there is inflammation in the gums, tooth decay and any other symptoms of gum disease it can lead to tooth sensitivity and pain during teeth cleaning.

What People Say…

Jignasha Patel
Jignasha Patel
2023-12-08
Great friendly and helpful team from reception to dental nurses & dentists themselves.
David Arulanandam
David Arulanandam
2023-11-28
I had a very pleasant experience and the staff were extremely kind and willing to help as much as possible. The Dentist explained the condition very well and taken the appropriate measures. I will recommend this surgery to everyone. well done and keep up the good work.
Beverly Newbury
Beverly Newbury
2023-11-28
Great dentist 😬 and they put you in so much ease
Lesley P (Dolly daydream)
Lesley P (Dolly daydream)
2023-11-28
This was my first visit as a new patient at Confidental St Helier & felt quite nervous. I didn’t need to worry though, from booking in at reception & meeting my new dentist was a really good experience. I would highly recommend them.
Dr Simeon
Dr Simeon
2023-11-28
Kind, gentle and friendly receptionists, dentist and hygienist. Was dreading visiting the dentist as I had not been for quite a while. Walked out of my check-up with a spring in my step and amuch brighter, cleaner smile on my face. So grateful I managed to get in.
Z K
Z K
2023-10-31
Most amazing dental practice I have been to! Very kind and friendly staff as well a highly qualified skilled dentist! Wouldn’t go anywhere else for my teeth! Absolutely love love the results, the dentist here won’t stop until you are 110% satisfied! Excellent service specially Dr zena
Donna Munoz
Donna Munoz
2023-10-26
I am so happy that I had my dental treatment here at St Helier. Dr Zena Al-ansari made it possible for me to smile again after more than 30 years. I had Invisalign fitted as well as other procedures during the course of a year and the care and attention I received was outstanding. Zena is such a lovely friendly dentist who puts you at ease and informs you of your procedure every step of the way. Thank you so much for giving me the confidence to smile again😃
Jackie Miller
Jackie Miller
2023-10-20
Would I recommend this practice yes I would. What a great place Dr Catarina Machado and her nurse Jina what lovely people they are. Very nervous about dentist but no need here make you feel relaxed every step is explained clearly and why things are done. Cant tell you how relaxed Catarina made me feel no longer worried about seeing dentist any more. Thank you all so very much. 👏👏👏😊😊😊
Mona
Mona
2023-10-04
Everyone was so helpful and amazing 👏 starting with receptionist Sienna and nurse Anna. Dr Catarina is lovely and my front tooth looks like was never damaged. Hygienist Haddy worked a miracle with my gums, they stopped bleeding after a session with her. I am so greatful♥️💙thank you

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