Exams and Tests
When you visit your dentist for Reference tooth decay Opens New Window, he or she will:
- Ask you questions about your symptoms and past medical and dental problems and care (Reference medical and dental history).
- Look at your teeth using a pointed tool and a small mirror. Your dentist will look for discolored areas and obvious holes in your teeth.
- Take Reference X-rays if he or she thinks you have tooth decay that cannot be seen.
Having a dental checkup once or twice a year can help your dentist find tooth decay and other problems before they cause severe problems. If you often have dental problems, your dentist may suggest more frequent visits.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry