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Dental examination. Masked, female dentist examining the teeth of a female patient using a probe and mirror. The device in the dentist's hand (at left) has a small mirror on its end which is used to view inaccessible areas of the mouth. The probe in the dentist's hand (at right) is used to touch the patient's teeth and gums. In this way dental cavities and chipped teeth can be discovered. Gums which bleed easily when touched with the probe may be infected. Regular examinations of teeth can lead to the discovery of abnormalities before they develop into a major problems. The dentist's gloves help to prevent the spread of infection.
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