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Teeth cleaning, dental hygiene examinations and general dentistry

At The Smile Practice in Oxford and Didcot, you and your family can enjoy a full range of general dentistry services and regular hygiene treatments to look after the long-term health of your teeth.

We firmly believe in the motto, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and  are committed to providing you with excellent standards of preventative and general dental care.

It is important to attend regular dental examinations so we can identify and treat developing conditions early on and keep an eye on your general oral health. During routine check-ups we will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and carry out oral cancer screening as standard.

We recognise that it is extremely important to detect conditions and administer treatment early and advise that you attend a routine check-up every 3-6 months. This enables us to catch conditions early and treat them before you develop further symptoms.

It will also save you suffering with tooth pain and discomfort and save you paying for complex treatment in the future.

What to expect during a dental examination?

During a general dental check-up, your dentist at The Smile Practice will:

  • Ask about patient’s general health, how their teeth have been since their last visit and if they are on any new medications
  • Examine the patient’s mouth, paying close attention to the teeth and gums
  • Carry out any necessary treatments that do not take further consultation or an extended period such as a quick cleaning. The dentist may also conduct tests or X-rays if required
  • Ask further questions about lifestyle in terms of diet, alcohol consumption, smoking habits and mouth care routine
  • Inform the patient of when they should next visit the dentist, usually between 3 months to two years depending on the patient’s needs

Even patients who follow best practices such as cleaning and flossing should visit the dentist regularly.

The dentist will be able to check general health of the patient’s teeth but also monitor for early signs of potentially serious conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

How long should a dental exam take?

Dental exams usually comprise a check of oral health and a cleaning. The dentist may also check for warning signs of larger problems. It can take 45-60 mins for the dentist to undertake these checks and treatments.

How quickly can you get a dentist appointment?

Availability of dentist appointments can vary with some times being busier than others. Find out how quickly you can see the dentist by booking a dental appointment.

How much does a dental examination cost?

At The Smile Practice, there are 3 different types of dental exam. Visit our dental fees page for a further breakdown of dental examination costs.

Treatment Fee Guide Smile Plan Smile Plan Enhanced
Extensive New Patient Consultation £69 £69 £69
Routine Examination & Hygiene combination £74 £0 £0
Examination only £49 £0 £0

How often should you visit the dentist?

Time between visits to the dentist will vary from patient to patient but it is recommended that regular check-ups are conducted at least every 6 months.

Advanced Oral Cancer Screenings with Identafi© now available at The Smile Practice Oxford

Mouth cancer is a growing threat and has one of the highest death rates of all cancers. This is due to the fact that most oral cancers are identified at a late stage.

The Smile Practice is committed to patient care and we continually invest in the latest technology. Our state-of-the-art Identafi© oral cancer screening system is a groundbreaking device that detects precancerous developments before they can spread and do you harm.

See how we can help

Free dental health info pack

Download a free information pack

A 15 page dental health report:

  • Looking after your dental health – a guide for individuals and families
  • What to look out for that would indicate your teeth and gums are not healthy
  • How to help your children brush their teeth
  • Dark teeth? What foods and activities to avoid
  • Mouth cancer awareness, what to look out for and how to check yourself
  • Plus lots more…

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Dental cleaning and hygiene checkups

Our expert team of dental hygienists are highly trained and committed to providing you with a comprehensive teeth cleaning service. Our hygienists will remove plaque and tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing alone.

We use the latest cleaning technology and also offer advice on diet, oral hygiene and general oral health to help you keep on top of everything. You’ll love the feeling of a professional clean, as it will leave your teeth looking and feeling healthy, smooth and radiant.

Dental hygienist review via Google

Invisalign Reviewed by Alina Popa on “I have started to have treatments done by Dr J Dhillon at Smile Practice in 2020, soon after the first lockdown and I was pleased they were able to see me and help me with a tooth extraction. Then I had also a crown fitted recently, I liked their professionalism and also that they are happy to let you know the details of the treatment and answer you any questions you might have.

Also, really liked the hygienist and pleased with their advice of improving the oral hygiene. Thank you!”

Google Review Rating
The Smile Practice is rated 4.4 out of 5 based on 175 ratings on Google


I am dropping a note to say thanks for all the work you have done for me, I am aware that I am not the easiest of patients. Your patience and explanations whilst work is underway was very much appreciated. The bridge work is really outstanding, here’s hoping I need nothing more than routine checks for some time.
- Mr R G
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