At Value Dental Centers Mesa, we provide comfortable and convenient care for all of our patients. Your smile and long-term health are important to us, which is why we place great importance on dental exams, or checkups, at our Mesa, AZ dental office. Scheduling and attending your bi-annual dental exams can help protect your smile from advanced tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Even if you brush three times a day, floss regularly, and use antibacterial mouthwash, there are other factors at play that can increase your risk for oral health problems. We use the latest digital technology so that we can identify concerns as early as possible and provide our patients with excellent preventive dental care.
Why Dental Exams Are Important
Again, no matter how much you brush or floss, you will never completely rid your mouth of all bad oral bacteria. Attending regular dental cleanings and exams every six months, or as advised by the dentist and hygienist, will help you maintain control of oral bacteria. During exams, your dentist will evaluate all of your teeth for decay, cracks, misalignment, and other potential issues. He or she will examine your existing dental work for signs of failure or breakage. How your upper and lower teeth fit toghter when your mouth is shut, a relationship called occlusion, will be assessed, as well. Even your head, neck, and jaw joints will be evaluated during your checkups. The doctor will also check for signs of gum disease (periodontitis) and perform an oral cancer screening.
You may be asking, “If I brush and floss regularly, how can bacteria continue to grow?” Despite how much you care for your teeth, there are many other factors at play with your oral health, such as your diet and genetics. Microbes (bacteria) can quickly grow, leading to enamel erosion and cavities. Bacteria can accumulate in your gums and cause gum disease (periodontitis), the leading cause of tooth loss for adults.
Oral cancer is also a severe and often fatal concern, due to how often it goes undetected. During your routine dental exam, we will conduct an oral cancer screening. In cases where cancer is diagnosed early enough, most oral cancer patients have a favorable outcome and longevity of life.
Advanced Technology and Accurate Exams
You will benefit from a full line of advanced technology when you visit Value Dental Centers Mesa for your exams. Our technology includes:
- DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection: This device uses fluorescence to determine the location and extend of tooth decay lesions. Often, we find cavities with DIAGNOdent when they are small, before you notice pain. The doctor can treat mild decay at the same visit, with a simple filling. Left untreated, the small decay can advance to cause greater symptoms and more damage.
- Laser test for oral cancer: We can also use a laser to measure fluorescence in soft tissues, allowing your dentist to diagnose cancer before you notice visible lesions. In cases where cancer has been detected, the dentist will order a biopsy to provide a conclusive diagnosis. Though smokers are at greater risk for oral cancer, the condition can develop in anyone.
- X-rays: X-ray imaging reveals detect tooth decay, cracked and/or impacted teeth, misalignment, and many other concerns. In most cases, our office will take x-rays at every other visit, or once a year.
- Oral DNA tests: Like we mentioned earlier, your diet and even your genetics can increase your risk for gum disease (periodontitis). All this testing requires is a small sample of your saliva, and your dentist can quickly determine if you are likely to develop gum disease.
How Often Should You Schedule an Examination?
We encourage our patients to schedule and attend dental exams bi-annually, or every six months. Patients who require more intense oral healthcare, may benefit from coming in quarterly. If you have any of the following dental concerns, we will be happy to discuss a more detailed treatment plan for you:
- A history of smoking
- A diagnosis of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can increase your risk for gum disease
- A previous gum disease diagnosis
- An oral DNA test that suggests you are at high risk for gum disease
- A family history of oral cancer
- A previous oral cancer diagnosis
Book Your Appointment Today
Contact our office to schedule your dental exam, so we can help your protect your smile and health. If you do not have gum disease, ask to schedule your dental cleaning following your exam. We gladly see families. Should you desire consecutive appointments so that your children can visit the dentist on the same day, just let us know. Our Mesa, AZ, dental office is currently accepting new patients.