A: Yes, not all dental problems cause pain or are easily detectable without a dental exam. As some patients learn too late, regular dental checkups are not only meant to address current dental pain, but also to prevent more serious dental issues in the future. For example, gum disease may not hurt at all, and may not present a serious problem until it leads to loose teeth or tooth loss, which is irreversible.

Routine dental checkups ensure that any potential health risks, such as gum disease or oral cancer, are detected and treated before they lead to more serious health risks. It is also beneficial to become aware of dental advances over the last few years.