Oral Exams and X-Rays
How it's done
The dentist first examines your mouth visually, using dental equipment such as mouth mirrors, dental picks, and high intensity lights. The dentist will
- Review your medical history to assess how any new medical conditions or illnesses may affect your dental health
- Examine for tooth decay
- Screen for oral cancer of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums
- Evaluate gums and bone around the teeth for any evidence of periodontal disease
- Examine existing dental restorations to make sure they are in good order.
Additionally, your dentist will take diagnostic x-rays to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panoramic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3 years.