When is a Dental Checkup Not Just a Checkup?

Take a look at the social media feeds of any of the UK’s busiest dentists, and you’ll see them full of attention-grabbing cosmetic treatments like veneers, bonding, and complete smile makeovers.

Perhaps cosmetic treatments like these deserve the limelight—after all, the results can be positively life-changing.

But the truth is that much of the work you see on Instagram wouldn’t be possible or maintainable in the long term if they weren’t backed by excellent oral health.

That’s why our dental checkups go far beyond the conventional teeth cleaning and brief oral examination you may have experienced elsewhere. 

While many traditional checkups simply give your teeth a quick polish and miss potential problems, our advanced approach is designed to comprehensively evaluate your overall oral health and identify any issues before they escalate.

Dare we say it? Get to know our experienced general dentistry team and hygienists, and you may never need to consider cosmetic treatments. 

Let’s take a look at what’s involved: 

 

Visual Exam

We’ll thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue using high-powered lighting and magnification. This allows us to identify any areas of concern at the earliest possible stage.

 

Gum Health (Periodontal) Check

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, so checking for any signs of inflammation or infection in the gums is critical. We’ll use a specialised probe to measure gum pockets and identify any areas requiring treatment.

 

Tooth Health Evaluation

Each of your teeth will be carefully checked for any signs of decay, cracks, chips or other issues that could allow bacteria to enter the inner tooth. We’ll also examine any existing fillings or other dental work.

 

TMJ & Bite Assessment

We’ll analyse your bite alignment and check for any issues with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that could be causing jaw pain, headaches, or other problems. Poor bite alignment—or malocclusion—can often cause advanced tooth wear, which needs to be corrected with bonding or veneers.

 

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is often curable if detected early, so we’ll examine your mouth and throat extremely thoroughly, looking for any suspicious lumps, patches or sores.

 

Guidance and Advice

Following this comprehensive examination, we’ll provide oral hygiene guidance tailored to your specific needs and make any treatment recommendations to address issues identified.

 

Checkups for Children

We all know how vital it is to instil good dental health habits in children from a young age. But just as important is helping them view dental visits as a positive, stress-free experience they’ll want to continue for life.

On The Row, our experienced children’s dentistry team has a gentle, friendly approach designed to make your child feel completely at ease. We go at their pace, gradually introducing them to the dental environment in a warm, reassuring manner. The tastes, sights, and sounds of a checkup are carefully explained so there are no alarming surprises.

We believe starting regular dental visits early plays a key role in preventing dental anxiety and phobia from developing later in life. The earlier your child gets used to having a dentist examine their mouth in a calm, comfortable setting, the more their lifelong positive associations with dental care can take root.

Our pediatric checkups are also incredibly thorough. They allow us to monitor your child’s dental development, apply preventative treatments, and identify any areas of concern as soon as they arise. This proactive approach ensures minor issues can be managed before they escalate into major problems requiring invasive treatments.

So, while a checkup may initially seem daunting to your child, you can trust our team to make it a rewarding, even fun experience that reinforces the importance of keeping their smile healthy for life.

For our youngest patients, checkups focus on:

 

Developmental Assessment

We’ll monitor how your child’s teeth and jaws are developing to ensure there are no concerns requiring early orthodontic intervention.

 

Fluoride Application

A fluoride varnish or gel will be applied to strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.

 

Fissure Sealants

The deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth are sealed to prevent cavities from forming in these areas, which are harder to clean.

 

Nervous? Don’t Be!

If all this talk of assessments and consultations has sparked your dental phobia, don’t worry—on The Row, we have a dedicated nervous patients programme and a specially trained team to put you completely at ease.

In addition, The Row’s ambience is nothing like the cold, clinical dental practices you may be used to. From our warm, welcoming reception area to the relaxing treatment suites, every aspect has been carefully designed to make your visit as calm and comfortable as possible.

 

Our Approach to Overcoming Dental Phobia

We understand that for some people, even just stepping through the doors of a dentist fills them with dread and anxiety. Whether it’s due to a previous traumatic experience, fear of pain, the clinical environment itself or a combination of these factors, dental phobia is incredibly common.

That’s why we offer comprehensive solutions tailored to your individual needs as part of our dedicated Nervous Patients Programme, including: 

  • – Longer consultation times so you never feel rushed
  • – Clear communication throughout to keep you informed
  • – Relaxing techniques like music and TV/film viewings
  • – The option of inhalation sedation, oral sedation or even general anaesthetic

 

During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your fears and concerns in a warm, judgement-free environment. We’ll then create a personalised desensitisation plan using whichever management techniques make you most comfortable.

 

Start Your Journey on The Row

On The Row, we’re committed to redefining a positive, nurturing dental experience—whether you’re an anxious adult or bringing your children for their first appointments.

Our advanced assessment process, comprehensive children’s care, and innovative treatments, such as guided biofilm therapy, ensure you receive a level of oral health support that goes far beyond what a conventional checkup provides.

Book your first appointment today to meet our caring team and learn more about our individual and family membership plans that help spread the cost of treatment.

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