When you sit down in the dentist’s chair for your exam, your dentist’s goal will be to check the overall status of your dental health and hygiene. The dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and gums. He or she will check for any signs of damage or decay.
At prescribed times, your dentist will take X-rays of your mouth. X-rays can detect damage or injuries that may not show up on a visual exam. They play an important role in detecting and preventing many serious dental and health conditions.