Check-ups & Examinations

Regular dental check-ups and examinations will help us monitor your oral health and spot any problems at an early stage.

What is a dental examination/check-up?

At Cox & Hitchcock, our dental check-up goes beyond the surface. During a comprehensive oral health assessment, we meticulously examine your teeth, gums, and restorations for any signs of decay or disease. Our focus extends to the soft tissues and surrounding areas, ensuring a thorough examination.

We believe in empowering you to make informed decisions about your treatment. If further treatment is required, we will discuss all available options, presenting their respective advantages and disadvantages. We understand the importance of transparency, and we will provide detailed cost breakdowns and written estimates before proceeding with any treatment plan.

Once your treatment is complete, we will guide you in establishing a suitable recall interval tailored to your specific needs. Whether it’s every three months or up to two years, our goal is to maintain your oral health in the long term. We strive to deliver exceptional care at every step of the way.

The importance of dental check-ups


Early Detection and Prevention

Routine dental check-ups are essential for maintaining optimal oral health. These check-ups enable early detection and prevention of dental issues. By regularly examining your teeth, gums, and restorations, our experienced dentists can identify any signs of decay, gum disease, or failing restorations. This early intervention helps address problems before they worsen, potentially saving you from more extensive and costly treatments in the future.


Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment

Routine check-ups provide an opportunity to assess the overall health of your mouth. Our comprehensive oral health assessments include a thorough examination of the soft tissues and surrounding areas. This allows us to detect any abnormalities, such as oral cancers or other oral diseases, which may not be immediately visible or noticeable to you. Early detection significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and positive outcomes.


Personalised Oral Health Advice

Regular dental check-ups are an opportunity to receive personalised oral health advice and guidance. Our dentists will provide valuable insights into proper oral hygiene practices, diet recommendations, and lifestyle factors that may affect your dental health. By discussing your individual needs and concerns, we can tailor advice specific to you, empowering you to take better care of your oral health between visits.

How to maintain a healthy smile

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, there are several essential practices you should follow. Firstly, maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine is crucial. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth. This helps remove plaque and prevent the build-up of tartar, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Secondly, it is important to schedule regular check-ups and examinations with your dentist. Professional dental cleanings can remove plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing alone may not reach. Additionally, your dentist can assess the overall health of your teeth and gums, detect any early signs of dental issues, and provide necessary treatments or preventive measures. By staying proactive with your dental care and attending regular check-ups, you can maintain optimal oral health and prevent potential problems from escalating.

Why Choose Us?

We have dedicated teams of skilled clinicians who embrace interdisciplinary collaboration, within cutting-edge facilities, and are committed to your goals, providing you with the smile you deserve. Experience the difference today.


Free Cosmetic Consultations

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Bespoke Treatments

Experience tailored dental care personalised to your unique needs for a healthy and confident smile.


Locally Owned

We own and operate five dental practices across South Wales making us your perfect local choice.


Modern Equipment

Experience advanced dental care with the latest technology and patient-friendly modern equipment.


Rated 5 Stars

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Friendly Team

Experience our friendly and supportive team of dental experts and practice staff all here for your treatment journey.


30+ Years Experience

Rely on over three decades of dental experience for expert patient care and peace of mind in your dental journey.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Check-ups

We recommend that you always consult with one of our consultants before starting any treatment.

How soon can I be treated?

Our waiting times for an NHS examination and treatment appointments, for new and historic patients, vary. Our reception team will happily update you on current waiting times.

The NHS contract funds a set amount of dental activity for the year and we are obliged to deliver this evenly over the twelve months.

The level of NHS funding provided  is not high enough to enable us to meet the demand for NHS care that exists.

These factors lead to long waiting times to access NHS care.

Private care can be provided at all times with a minimal wait.

Your dentist will be happy to go through all available options including that of accessing some treatment options on a private basis alongside an NHS course of treatment.

How much will it cost?

All treatment plans will be discussed with you at the examination appointment, along with associated costs.

Complex treatments, may need multiple visits to complete the investigations needed prior to providing an estimate. This will be printed at reception, or if preferred emailed to you.

Please look at our Fees page for more details.

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Am I entitled to free treatment?


Patients do not have to pay any NHS dental charges for a course of treatment if, on the first day of treatment, they are:

  • Under 18 years of age
  • Aged 18 and in full-time education
  • An expectant mother
  • A woman who has had a baby in the previous 12 months


Patients do not have to pay any NHS dental charges for a course of treatment if they or their partner are currently receiving:

  • Income Support (Incapacity benefit and Disability Living Allowance does NOT count)
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance (Contribution-based does NOT count)
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (Contribution-related does NOT count)
  • Pension Credit guarantee credit (Savings Credit on its own does NOT count)
  • Universal Credit (in the last assessment period there were no earnings, or earnings were within the allowed limit, please check at

Patients can be exempt from paying if they have a valid NHS low income scheme certificate HC2 for full help. Payment can be reduced if they are named on a valid HC3 certificate.

It is impotant the information you give us is contemporary and accurate.If you are unsure if you are exempt from NHS dental charges, please discuss with reception.

Which practice should I join?

The Cox & Hitchcock Dental Group operates several dental practices across South Wales. Fot your convenience, we would recommend joining us at your nearest location to home or work . For some advanced treatments, you may benefit from the services offered at a particlar site. We will advise you accordingly. You can find your nearest dental practice by browsing all our locations.

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Can I meet my dentist before the treatment?

Absolutely! Your clinician wil introduce themselves when you meet at your first visit. Building a strong patient-dentist relationship is important to us. Your initial examination visit enables us to understand your needs and address any concerns. We ensure open communication, so you can freely discuss any worries before proceeding with treatment. Your comfort and peace of mind are our top priorities.

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