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Dental Examination

What is a Dental Examination?

Part of your routine dental care, along with having your teeth cleaned by the dental surgeon, includes having a complete dental exam performed by your dentist. It is important to be checked regularly by your dentist (at least every 6 months)

The Periodic Oral Exam

At each dental visit, the dental surgeon will review your medical history to see if there are any changes that need to be updated. It is important to let the dental surgeon know if you are on any new medications or if you were diagnosed with any medical conditions since your last dental visit.

Once you’ve discussed any medical changes you may have, the dentist will perform a visual exam of your mouth, which includes your teeth and surrounding soft tissue. He/she will check each individual tooth with an instrument called the explorer. This instrument helps the dentist detect any areas of concern on each tooth. The dentist checks for decay, stain, areas around the gum line (to check for gum recession), and the margins around any existing fillings or crowns.

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