Nothing hurts in my mouth , so I must be fine

That is fantastic news.

No pain is a good thing right? That seems completely logical.

Well, yes and no.

The mouth is an odd body part. 

It follows many of its own rules that sometimes make little ``logical sense`. 

Teeth are the only body part that cannot repair themselves , not even with scar tissue.

Teeth are living body parts.

 

One of the strange rules the mouth lives by is,  that it cannot warn you of developing diseases very well. There are severe levels of rotting teeth that completely do not hurt . There can be deep tooth rot (tooth decay , or `cavities`) that is inside the nerve of the tooth , and not be hurting. There can be pus oozing in small amounts from your gum lines that you cannot taste or feel. There can be tumors growing in your bone that have no pain. There can be cyst-like growths in the bone , that do not hurt. These  are serious problems that only get worse over time and can only be found using proper screening x-rays.

Oral cancers, for example, do not hurt in most of their stages. We screen every person at every re-care visit, for signs of oral cancer. We even have a new exciting technology to help us detect oral cancers at the earliest stages before they are evn obvious to the naked eye, it is called Velscope.

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 If the average person experienced pain when a mouth or tooth disease was at an early stage ,  then so many people would have much better health---because they would be forced to see a dentist early to check out the pain. Unfortunately that is not the case.

 

We know a lot about the way the diseases start , and how to find them early . That is why dentists, well, are dentists. We need to be there to detect these diseases before you do. Some diseases are detected `by eye`, some with the Velscope, but many of them are only found on dental x-rays. 

 

Just as a side note. We customize how often we take x-rays, and which ones, to the individual persons and their particular needs and risks. There is no cookie-cutter general plan for everyone. 

We also base how often you should come for check ups or therapy on your gums, based on your risks and body. When we tell you when you should come for your next visit, we base it on the science behind things how bacteria grow in a mouth and when they peak in their growth. Based on research studies, we know some people need the bacteria cleaned away from their gums and roots every 3 or 4.5 months.

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