During a dental examination, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The dentist will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck, and mouth for abnormalities.
The oral cavity functions as a protective barrier and is an essential component for speech and swallowing, mastication, digestion, and taste sensation.
The oral examination comprises a uniform and consistent inspection of the head and neck and an intraoral evaluation of the hard and soft tissues in conjunction with a thorough medical and dental history. The entire mouth should be inspected regardless of the patient’s chief complaint and reasons for the visit.