Routine exams are important for helping to prevent major dental issues from occurring. At your appointment Dr. Carpenter will thoroughly examine your mouth. The teeth are carefully inspected for any signs of decay, attrition, or failing restorations and/or fillings. The bone levels around the teeth and the health of the gingiva (gums) are evaluated as well. Dr. Carpenter also checks the lips, cheeks, roof of the mouth, throat, tongue and under the tongue for any signs of tumors, growths, conditions or cancers. Routine exams allow us to catch problems early, helping to minimize the treatment that is necessary.