He does several checks to ensure that your oral health, and the health of the rest of your body, are in good, working order.
Condition of Your Teeth
One check your dentist performs is the condition of your teeth. He will examine your teeth for signs of decay, and make sure that your teeth are strong. He will also check for any cracks or chips. If you have any fillings or dental devices, such crowns or implants, those will also be investigated to ensure that they are still in good condition.
Grinding and clenching your teeth (bruxism) can do a lot of damage to your teeth, leading to weak teeth, tooth decay and tooth loss. Your dentist will check your mouth for worn teeth, as well as loose teeth. He will also check your jaw for temporomandibular disorder, a condition often caused by bruxism classified by a sore, stiff jaw that is difficult to open or move and may even click or pop while chewing.
Gum disease can pose significant damage to the health of your mouth. Undiagnosed, you may suffer tooth loss or infection. Your dentist will also check the condition of your gums. He will look for redness and swelling, as well as other signs of gum disease, such as a receding gum line.
Other Health Conditions
Your mouth can also indicate that there might be something else wrong with another part of your body. Many health issues have effects on your teeth and gums. Such issues include diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers. Your dentist will examine your cheeks, tongue and roof of your mouth as well as other parts of your neck and face.
Visiting your dentist is just as important as visiting your primary care physician. The dentist does so much more than clean your teeth. He also makes sure that your mouth, and the rest of your body, is healthy.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health.