The purpose of a dental exam is to check on your mouth, teeth and gums and make sure they are healthy. During your exam your dentist will inspect each tooth and check for signs of decay, damage or disease. He or she will also test your bite to ensure that your jaws and teeth are properly aligned.
Your dentist will also look beyond your mouth and check in regarding your full body health. This might include an oral cancer scan, a blood pressure check and a full review of your medical history with you.
Your dentist might also take some x-rays, depending on the last time you had them done. X-rays are an important tool that give your dentist insight into the health and structure of your jaws and teeth below the gumline.
Even if your teeth and gums are healthy it is important to visit your dentist regularly. Dentists are trained to detect oral health issues before you are likely to notice them. If you dentist sees something is amiss he or she can begin preventative treatment right away. It is always easier to prevent problems before they arise than try and fix the problem after the fact.
Dental exams empower you, and allow you to take a proactive approach to your oral health.