Dr. Krause will perform a dental exam to gather information about your oral health. Checking for dental decay is only a small part of a complete oral exam. She will check for gum disease and also examines the health of your entire mouth surrounding soft tissues, which includes checking for such things as pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions; oral sores or irritations to gum tissue; fit of dentures or bridges and proper bite. Medical and dental histories are usually obtained, along with diagnostic information from X-rays, laboratory test or other tests.
Oral health is integrally connected with your general health. Check-ups are important because some diseases or medical conditions have signs that can appear in the mouth. Diabetes, nutritional and vitamin deficiencies and hormonal irregularities are some examples.
The extent of the exam you’ll receive depends upon the number of factors. If you´re a new patient, for example, you’ll receive much more thorough exam than if you’ve recently been to the dentist and are returning to have a specific dental condition checked.