A check-up will involve an examination of your whole mouth, assessing the presence and condition of the teeth and gums. X-rays may also be needed in order to form a diagnosis.
PRSI patients are entitled to a FREE dental examination every 12 months. Patients carrying a valid medical card are also entitled to a FREE annual exam, as well as 2 fillings per year and an unlimited number of extractions. Some treatments are eligible for tax relief at a rate of 20% via a MED2 form. See more.
Your dentist may need to perform x-rays as part of the examination. X-rays can help reveal:
- small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing fillings;
- infections in the bone;
- periodontal (gum) disease
The amount of radiation that we are exposed to from dental X-rays is very small compared to our daily exposure from naturally-occurring radioactive elements.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth convert the food/drink we consume into acid which attacks the tooth structure. Over time, a cavity (hole) can develop and at this point, the damage surely requires intervention from your dentist.
Diet plays a big role in the development of tooth decay. Ideally, no more than 4 intakes of sugar a day are advisable and it is wise to limit your sugar consumption to mealtimes.
For further information on nutrition and oral health, please follow the link below:http://www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/nutrition.html
Screening for gum disease forms an integral part of your routine examination.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease describes inflammation, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. This is a treatable condition and we will advise you on how to maintain healthy gums.
What is the cause of gum disease?
Gum disease is commonly caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums. To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing, flossing and using interdental brushes.
What happens if gum disease is not treated?
Unfortunately, gum disease often progresses painlessly so that you do not notice the damage it is doing. It can lead to gum abscesses, destruction of the surrounding bone and even tooth loss.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
The first sign is often blood when you brush your teeth. Your gums may appear red and inflamed or leave a bad taste in your mouth.
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