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A: The dentist uses your check-up to see how healthy your mouth is, whether you might need some work done and, in the case of children, how the teeth are growing and developing.
A: An examination is comprehensive and allows the dentist to explore all areas within their expertise. The dentist will have a good look inside your mouth, checking the teeth, as well as your tongue, the soft palate, the inside of your cheeks and the roof of your mouth. The dentist will also look at your face and neck and feel under your jaw.
A: The dentist will ask you some questions, like whether you have had any pain or sensitivity in your teeth or gums recently, what your general health is like, whether you're on any medication at the moment, what your diet is like and whether you smoke or drink alcohol.
A: The dentist will use all of the information gathered from the patient, as well as any observations from the examination inside the mouth, to make a patient-specific recommendation on when you should next seek an appointment. There is no standard recall period, and you will be asked to return after a period of time that the dentist feels is most suitable for you based on their findings.