During a routine examination, you know that your dentist looks all around your mouth. You can feel them poking their way around your entire mouth, but what exactly is it they are looking for? For most dentists, they want to be able to see each angle of your teeth.
They need to see the inside by your tongue, outside by your cheeks, the gaps between your teeth, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth. By looking at all of these surfaces, they can tell a lot about the overall health of your teeth.
What Else Do They Look at During Exams?During your dental exam, your dentist looks at your teeth first and foremost. Once the exam of the teeth is over, then the dentist is going to take some time and look at the health of your gums. They will visually inspect your gums, and use tools to make sure your gums still hold tightly to your teeth. This typically isn't painful when your gums are healthy.
From there, your dentist is going to look at all of the tissues in your mouth. This will include the roof and floor of your mouth, under your tongue, your cheeks, your lips, and the opening to your throat. This is to look for anything out of the ordinary that could point to signs of oral cancer. If they see something, they can test it right away to make sure your mouth is still able to remain healthy.
Your dentist does more than simply caring for your teeth and keeping them clean. A dental examination is an important part of keeping your oral health up, but it also impacts the overall health of the rest of your body. To find out anything else your dentist may be looking for, ask them at your next visit.
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