The dental examination is a diagnostic evaluation of a patient’s overall oral health and hygiene.
During a dental examination, the doctor or hygienist may…
check for signs of decay or periodontal disease
ask about any medications
take dental x-rays
evaluate occlusion (bite)
discuss proper cleaning
remove stains or debris
take a dental impression
The doctor or hygienist may also perform an oral cancer exam. This involves feeling around the cheeks, gums, and tongue, under the jaw, and the sides of the neck for signs of oral cancer.