When you visit your dentist and hygienist you’re probably thinking they’re just going to look at the health of your teeth and gums, and that that’s all they’ll be concerned about. You may be surprised to learn they pay attention to a lot of tiny details during your visit that give them clues about your overall dental health. While watching for cavities and ensuring you’re practicing good dental hygiene are certainly central to their concerns, below you’ll find a list of other things that they look out for.
The Mucosa of Your Mouth
Mucosa refers to all the tissue inside your mouth, including the cheeks, tongue, etc. The health, color, and texture of these tissues are a good indicator of problems that may be happening, and so are closely monitored and recorded.
The Health Of Your Tongue
Those who are experiencing chronic halitosis may have issues with the health of their tongue. Your dentist will start by making sure you brush your tongue regularly, and then will take time to examine its texture, color, and shape.
Inspecting For Oral Cancer
One of the most important parts of regular oral hygiene visits is checking to see if you’re showing any signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer can be treatable provided that it’s caught early enough, so your twice yearly visits to the dentist are essential.
Temporomandibular joint check
Your dentist will check this joint for dysfunction, which can cause pain in the joint and damage to your teeth. It can be caused by trauma, arthritis or genetic
Cracks in your teeth are surprisingly common, and whilst some cause no problem others can lead to the tooth requiring root canal treatment, crowns or even extraction.
These are just a few examples of the things your dentist and hygienist are checking. Of course there are always other things custom to your own mouth and the dental work that’s been done previously.
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