Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Regular Dental Exam

You might think you can skip your regular dental exam, especially if you take good care of your mouth and don’t have any pain or other obvious problems. 

But the American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits twice a year or on a personalized schedule recommended by your dentist. 

At Allegra Family Dentistry in Mesa, Arizona, we’re committed to providing personalized preventive dental care. Our team, led by Mark Curtis, DDS, MPH, knows it’s easy to push routine dental care to the back burner, especially with a busy life and concerns about safe distancing. 

Rest assured, we practice the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitation here. Our commitment to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community is second to none.

With your dental and physical health in mind, let’s review a few of the reasons you shouldn’t skip your routine dental exams. 

Cavity prevention

Bacteria, plaque, and tartar build-up on your teeth, even if you’re consistent and diligent with brushing and flossing. Tartar is nearly impossible to remove with at-home hygiene. 

Your dental hygienist at Allegra Family Dentistry uses professional tools and know-how to get rid of the plaque and tartar and prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Early cavity treatment

Most of the time, tiny cavities don’t cause any noticeable symptoms. By the time you feel pain when you eat something cold or sugary, breathe in cold air, or bite down on food, a cavity has likely been present — and growing — for some time. 

One of the most significant benefits to regular dental checkups is that our team can find and treat cavities before they penetrate your teeth more deeply and threaten your dental health.

Avoid costly repairs

Another benefit of treating cavities as early as possible is that you reduce your risk of the cavities progressing to the point where they infect your tooth’s nerve system and cause excruciating pain. 

Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and early treatment help you avoid more invasive and costly procedures like root canals, tooth extraction, and replacement options like dental implants.  

Diagnose and treat gum disease early

While we examine your teeth, we keep an eye on your gum health. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a serious infection of the gums and a leading cause of tooth loss. It begins and worsens when bacteria accumulate around your teeth and penetrate your gums.

When left untreated, gum disease makes your gums bleed, causes bad breath, and can even lead to the loss of one or more teeth.

Oral cancer screening

More than 53,000 American adults are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Unfortunately, this type of cancer doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms in its early stages but spreads rapidly. During your biannual checkups, we carefully check for signs of dangerous diseases like oral cancer.

While we generally recommend biannual dental checkups, we personalize your care and recommendations to address the health of your teeth and gums, your lifestyle habits, and your history of cavities or other problems. 

Don’t put your dental health at risk, call our office, or schedule an appointment online.