• April 1, 2012
  • Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

We all know we can now do most things online. These days I opt for online shopping, online socializing, online information gathering, online bill payment….Well, now you can even have a dental check up online! You must be thinking I have lost my mind…

Dental diseases are largely lifestyle diseases, much like obesity, type II diabetes, some forms of heart disease, etc.To know or at least suspect whether there may be something wrong with your current condition, you don’t just need to see a dentist, you also need to check your diet, hygiene, lifestyle, medication.

The online check up tool available on our website was devised by The Dentist at 70 Pitt Street is a self-assessment tool which reports back to you where your risk of disease may be. Of course, you will still need to see the dentist to detect surface changes on your teeth and gums and check for oral cancer changes, but at least you will know what to expect when you do see us.

I dreamt up this tool for those who may not have seen the dentist for a long time and are afraid to go see one because they don’t know what to expect. It will give them an idea as to whether they belong in the high risk or low risk category.

This tool can also be used by regular attenders if they feel that their lifestyle, diet or home care may have changed and they wish to check if this may have increased their risk of disease.

Lastly, I feel it would be a great little ‘quiz’ for people who believe their oral health is perfect, yet rarely see a dentist and have occasional problems, which they may be quick to dismiss or self-medicate. It can be used by their friends and families to gently prompt them to seek professional advice.

So, try it out, share it with friends and remember to arrange an appointment to get a professional opinion, too. Let us know if this tool was valuable for you! Email us on: info@

Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh
About The Author

Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Catherine-Anne is a New Zealand-qualified dentist. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Sydney University and she has a broad range of experiences from working in both the public and private sector.


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