Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Regular Dental Exam

If you take good care of your mouth and don’t have any obvious problems with your teeth or gums, you may be tempted to skip your regular dental exam. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits on a schedule that your dentist customizes according to your needs. Typically, that’s twice a year -- every six months.

David Epstein, DDS and Nikita Vakil, DMD, and our team here at The Woodlands Dental Group are passionate about preventive care. We know you’re busy, and a dental appointment is easy to postpone, but it’s important that it stays high on your priority list. Our dentistry team outlines a few of the top reasons why you shouldn’t skip your regular dental exam.

1. A thorough cleaning helps prevent cavities

Even if you’re consistent and diligent with brushing and flossing, plaque can build up into a hard substance called tartar that’s difficult to remove. Your dental hygienist at The Woodlands Dental Group uses professional tools and know-how to get rid of the plaque and tartar so they don’t lead to decay.

2. We catch tiny cavities before they get bigger

If you feel pain when you eat something cold or sugary, breathe in cold air, or bite down on food, it’s likely that a cavity has formed in your tooth. One of the biggest benefits to regular dental checkups is that it allows our team the opportunity to find and repair the cavity before it gets bigger and compromises the strength and integrity of your tooth.

3. It helps avoid costly repairs

If cavities progress and grow bigger, they can eventually affect your tooth’s nerve system and cause excruciating pain. To fix the problem, you’ll need a root canal or a tooth extraction and eventual replacement, which are costlier than simply filling the cavity in its early stages.

4. We screen for oral cancer 

More than 50,000 adults are struck with oral cancer each year. Unfortunately, this type of cancer often spreads rapidly. During your bi-annual checkups, our team is vigilant to check for symptoms of serious diseases like oral cancer.

5. We can detect gum disease early

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a serious infection of the gums that anchor your teeth. It begins and worsens when bacteria and plaque accumulate around your teeth and gums. If left unchecked, gum disease makes your gums bleed, causes bad breath, and can even lead to the loss of one or more teeth.

Though twice a year is a good schedule for how often you should come in for a dental exam, we tailor all of our care and recommendations on the condition of your teeth and gums, your lifestyle habits, and whether you’re prone to develop cavities or other problems. To learn more about regular dental care or to book an appointment, call our office in The Woodlands, Texas.

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