What do you do
during a dental exam?
Although we usually tell the children we are “counting their teeth,” the examination is an integral part of the visit. We actually are counting the teeth, to see if there are too many or if there are missing teeth. We are also looking for any growths on the gums, cheeks, palate and tonsils. Checking for cavities involves looking and feeling, using the “counter” to feel if there are any cavities. If there is possible decay, we may ask for x-rays to confirm the diagnosis. Although we use digital x-rays, which use relatively little radiation, we do not take x-rays unless there is a particular diagnostic need.