If you have a magnificent dentist in Leeds, you may well be ignorant of just exactly how good they are when you pop in for a dental check-up and think it’s just a look inside and a quick clean. But any dentists worth their weight in salt will be checking for things that you take for granted. Depending on the age of a patient, they will follow a strict guideline laid down by general procedures of practice to ensure your mouth is healthy. The basic check-up will involve searching for signs of decay in the teeth, disease in the gums, erosion, and then treat if necessary followed by a clean and polish. But the dentist should also take digital x-ray as well to check for problems in other areas in the mouth such the way your mouth is ‘biting’, check the jaw joints for wear, the roots of the teeth and the gum line. They will check your fillings and any other fitting you may have had done. But the best thing of all that you get from a dental check-up is the chance to have a say about your concerns. It’s not all about axes and hammers with dentists’, they can be gentle and offer a really good counseling service to you when you have problems. Most important of all, they can give you advice about dental emergencies and what to do in a crisis. A check-up should be embraced and used constructively, after all, in general, you only have two a year.