The following gives a broad overview of what should be included in a comprehensive oral exam.
Dental – teeth
Periodontal – bones and gums supporting the teeth
Occlusal – bite evaluation
Head and neck cancer exam – soft tissue examination of the mouth, throat
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) – jaw joints
- Salivary functions – quality and quantity of saliva
- Radiographic – x-rays and other scans
- Aesthetic – how the teeth and gums appear in relation to the face
Plaque and Calculus
Plaque and calculus adhere to teeth and cause gum disease.
An overview of gingivitis, its causes and symptoms, and how it can progress to advanced gum disease if not properly treated.
The symptoms and health consequences of untreated gum infection.