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What things will a dentist check during a dental exam for a senior?

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During an oral exam, your dentist will check your:

  • Face and neck for skin discoloration, moles, sores
  • Bite for problems in how the teeth come together
  • Jaw for signs of clicking and popping in the temporomandibular joint
  • Lymph nodes and salivary glands for swelling or lumps
  • Inner cheeks for infections, ulcers, injuries
  • Interior surfaces -- tongue, floor of the mouth, soft and hard palates, gum tissue for signs of infection or oral cancer
  • Teeth for decay, cracks, and condition of fillings

From: Dental Care for Seniors WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

SOURCE:

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

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