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What You Can Learn from Your Dentist at Your Next Exam

Posted on 1/23/2017 by Allan Hablutzel
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Dental exams are very important. It is a chance for your dentist to look over your entire mouth and see what is going on. Your dentist not only looks at the many surfaces of your teeth that he or she can see, but they also look over x-rays to see what is going on with the insides of your teeth.

This is a great time to speak with your dentist about what is going on in your mouth and how to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. Use this time effectively.

Talk to Your Dentist While They Examine Your Mouth

During your exam, you can learn a lot about the areas of your mouth that do not get as much attention as the others. If your dentist sees a part of your mouth is in need of a bit more attention, they can tell you where it is and what it needs. You may need to brush more carefully in one spot, or you may not have been flossing behind certain teeth as effectively as you should.

Your dentist is also going to be looking around for any malformations in your mouth during an exam. They can see bony malformations from your jaw, or tissue malformations on the other tissues in your mouth.

Any of these could be signs of an issue, such as a clogged gland or even cancer. Make sure you ask if you notice any lumps anywhere in your mouth so your dentist can take a look.

Contact our office and schedule your next exam today. You should have one done every six months, or sooner in certain circumstances. Use the time that you spend with your dentist during an exam to learn how to better care for your mouth so you can keep up with your great oral health!

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