How We Monitor Your Oral Health

Your regular oral health assessment or check up is a full clinical examination which is backed up by monitoring and advice at every visit. The Oral Health Assessment is carried out by your dentist and includes many of the aspects listed below.

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Oral Health Score


The Oral Health Score forms an important part of your regular check up as part of the comprehensive oral health assessment. We’ll assess key aspects of your oral health, for example checking the health of your gums and whether any of your teeth are showing signs of wear.  We also want to know how you feel about your own oral health and how you would like it to change.

Using a consistent set of indicators you will be given an Oral Health Score card which clearly sets out your score.

It’s a great way to understand how your oral health is changing and how you can improve it!

PreViser Risk Assessment

Through Denplan, the practice has access to the ground-breaking PreViser Risk Assessment which scores a risk rating for periodontal (gum) disease, dental caries (decay), tooth surface loss and oral cancer. Read Mark’s blog about avoiding dental disease and keeping treatment costs to a minimum.

Periodontal Assessment

This is carried out by your Dentist working closely with your Therapist or Hygienist so we can quickly pick up any changes and take early action to avoid problems.

Measuring the depth of periodontal pockets is a one of the simple techniques we use, along with measuring plaque, gum recession and bleeding.

Oral Cancer Screening

One of the most fundamental aspects of your dental examination involves screening for oral cancer.

Radiographs (X Rays)

Dental radiographs are commonly called x-rays.  These are used for many reasons: to find hidden dental structures, cavities and bone-loss, for example. It is possible for both tooth decay and gum disease to be missed during clinical examination without the use of radiographs and evaluation of x-rays is a critical segment of comprehensive oral examination.

The Practice meets/exceeds all national safety criteria: IRR99 (Ionising radiation regulations) and IR(ME)R (ionising radiation medical exposure regulations).

We closely follow selection guidelines for when exposures should be taken and every effort is made to gain as much benefit from the exposures with a minimum of risk.

New and returning patients may have had radiographs taken within a recent period of time (usually 2 years) at a previous practice.  Following your initial assessment and with your permission, it is normal practice to request sight of copies of your xrays in order to avoid unnecessary additional radiographic exposure. See Behind the Scenes at Church Court Dental Practice to find out about our safety and preventive culture.

If you want to know more about this please ask any of the radiographically trained members of our team.

Clinical Photography

Clinical dental photography is a very valuable tool to demonstrate disease and health and to document treatment progress.

It is especially useful for monitoring wear and tear or erosion of teeth and sequential images over time can demonstrate that continuing damage is being arrested.

Images can be displayed on screens in real time and many patients find it fascinating to see images of their own mouths, teeth in very high quality and under magnification.

Vitality Testing

Sometimes it’s necessary to confirm whether a tooth is alive (vital) or not, for example, following trauma.  A number of methods can be used including electic pulp testing which can be very helpful in diagnosis.

Team Working

Where specific routine treatments, or periodontal advice, monitoring and therapies are indicated your dentist may make a prescription to be carried out by one of our registered Dental Therapists or registered Hygienists who will be able to dedicate expertise and extra time to that particular element of your care. From May 2013 in some instances these services may be carried out without the dentist’s prescription, however our integrated team-working means that the individuals who treat you are able to draw on the expertise and resources of the whole team.

We employ a great team of people who work with your dentist taking a hollistic approach to your care and providing an excellent hygiene, therapy and monitoring service.

team approach brings great benefits to our patients, allowing us to give you comprehensive preventive care, individual consideration and plenty of time at each stage of your treatment.

Together we can help you keep your mouth clean, healthy and looking as good as possible.

This way of working also enables us to offer you an efficient and flexible appointment system, keeping high quality care as approachable and affordable as possible.

We also work with respected registered specialists and hospital consultants who bring additional expertise, skills and guidance in planning and carrying out your treatments where necessary.

To find out more about our nursing team click here

Last Modified: Aug 14, 2017 @ 12:22 pm