Important Things to Know
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The dentist or hygienist will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities.
The dental exam is critical to your ongoing oral health and only your dentist can perform this. The exam consists, in part, of the dentist looking inside your mouth. In the past, you may not have ever realized an exam was taking place. Perhaps you thought the dentist was checking the work the hygienist had just completed. Not so. The dentist actually looks in your mouth for things that can affect your oral and your overall health. Many of these are things you cant see on your own, but that a dentist is trained to detect. Here is some of what your dentist is looking for during a dental exam:
1 To see how previous dental work such as root canals, fillings and crowns are holding up.
2 Damaged, missing or decayed teeth
3 The general condition of the bones in your face, jaw and around your mouth