Cartoon of a brunette woman having her teeth and gums examined during her routine checkup at the dentist

What Do Dentists Look for During a Checkup?

October 31, 2021 3:21 am | Published by |

Ever wondered what we’re looking for when we examine your mouth at the dentist? If you’re lucky, your visit should be pretty uneventful and you’ll leave with a sparkling fresh mouth. But sometimes we find issues that warrant further attention. Read on to learn what a dentist looks for during your routine checkups.

  1. Tooth Decay
  2. While sometimes signals like pain and sensitivity will alert you to the presence of tooth decay, early detection of a cavity can really only be done by your dentist. With the help of X-rays, your dentist will be able to spot decay early and treat it before the damage gets too bad.

  3. Gum Disease
  4. Another common issue that is best treated early is gum disease. Dentists will look for signs like swelling of the gums, discoloration, bleeding, or gum recession to see if you are dealing with gum disease. Treating gum disease is important. If left alone, it can lead to infection and even eventual tooth loss.

  5. Oral Cancer
  6. Perhaps one of the most crucial aspects of a dental exam is the screening for oral cancer. It’s much easier to treat and keep oral cancer under control when caught early, so your dentist will thoroughly look at your gums, cheeks, and tongue at every routine visit. If signs of oral cancer are present, your dentist will recommend further imaging and testing in order to detect the cancer, should it exist.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Wolcott, CT

At Dental Health Associates, we give each of our patients our full attention as we carefully look for anything that might be off or wrong within their mouth. Our goal is to help our patients maintain a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. If it’s time for you to see a dentist for a cleaning and exam, contact us today!


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