Which procedures do I need at routine dental checkups?

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Thank you for your question.

Firstly, it is wonderful that you are asking about routine dental check ups because most people do not even know that it is advisable to have one done every 6 months!

As for procedures, a mandatory clinical examination should be able to highlight what your treatment needs are. Often, x-rays may also be necessary to check on areas that are not readily visible to the naked eye such as between back teeth or under old fillings.

Very often, scaling and polishing is also done during the 6 monthly check up. Further treatment can then be planned for subsequent appointments depending on the findings of the clinical and x-ray examination.

As for NUH and NHG dental care, having served in both institutions before, I would say the main differences would be in cost and waiting time. Typically, an appointment at an NHG polyclinic should cost you less but it will carry with it a longer waiting time for an appointment as compared to NUH. Either way, you will be in good hands though!

Hope this helps!

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