Our holistic Melbourne dentist will then check the X-rays and your teeth for signs of decay or signs of oral cancer and other diseases. Your gums will also be examined for anything out of the ordinary.
A comprehensive examination also includes a thorough review of your entire mouth, head and neck area to see if you have any issues with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which can cause head, neck and shoulder pain or obstructive sleep apnoea.
Our dentist also will ask about your medical history to see if there are any health issues that could have an impact on the condition of your teeth and gums.
Talk to us about all your health issues, even if you don’t think it’s very relevant. Many conditions can affect the health of the mouth. For example, patients with diabetes have a higher chance of developing periodontal (gum) disease. In turn, this condition can have an impact on the patient’s blood sugar levels. It’s also important to let the dentist know about any medications you are taking and the dosage levels so you aren’t given any new medications that will interact with those you are already taking.