Dentists are trained to detect early warning signs and symptoms of oral health issues. During this visual inspection, your dentist will check:
Your dentist will also assess the spacing and position of your teeth, as well as the condition of your jaw and other facial bones and the lymph nodes in your neck. In addition to a visual exam, your dentist may take X-rays to look for problems such as decay, fractures and bone loss below the gum line.
The dental exam is the time for you to ask your dentist about any concerns you may have regarding the health and appearance of your teeth. If you have noticed changes in the position of your teeth or in the condition of your gums or if you feel sensitivity, now is the time to tell us!
You should also let us know about any changes in your overall health or if you are taking any medications, such as blood thinners or medications that may cause dry mouth. All of this information will help us create a treatment plan to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy.