During your recall exam, or check up, the hygienist and dentist are looking for more than just cavities. We complete a detailed exam of the oral cavity during which we assess periodontal health, current state of the dentition and an oral cancer screening. This means we assess for any cavities, fractured or broken teeth or fillings, lesions on the soft tissue and health of tissues supporting the teeth. Regular check ups and cleanings allow us to prevent and detect issues before they become a larger problem.