How often do you get your oil changed? How often do you get your tires rotated? Both of these questions are determined by both the condition of the vehicle and its previous visit to the mechanic.
Your dental appointments are very similar to that of a visit to the mechanic shop. Just as your car needs an oil change at a certain number of miles, your teeth should be cleaned on a regular basis.
While most dental offices only schedule a patient for one or two appointments per year, as the American Dental Association suggests, there are several cases in which patients should be visiting the dentist on a more regular basis.
Why should I get my teeth cleaned?
Brushing and flossing morning and night, while important for oral health, will not remove the buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. The professional tools used during a teeth cleaning are able to provide a deep clean for your gums and remove harmful bacteria from foods and beverages you have every day.
How do I know how often I should visit the Dentist?
The easiest answer is to visit the dentist for cleaning as often as your dentist or hygienist recommends. After a teeth cleaning, they will know the condition of your teeth and gums and will be able to evaluate your oral health and prescribe any additional cleanings or treatments that may be necessary.
Why would I need to see my dentist more than twice a year?
There are several reasons that one might need to visit the dentist more than twice a year:
● Gum disease – If your dentist diagnosis you with moderate to advanced gum disease, or if you or your family has a history of gum disease, it is recommended that you visit your dentist on a more regular basis.
● Smoking – If you smoke, it is strongly suggested that you pay a visit to your dentist more often. Smoking not only stains the surface or your teeth but also stimulates bacterial growth and gum disease.
● Chronic illness – You should also schedule regular cleanings if you have a history of chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease because they are often linked to dental problems.
Most patients have been and will continue, to visit a dental office once or twice a year, which is often sufficient to ensure a healthy mouth and prevent cavities and gum disease.
However, if your Dental Care Center dentist suggests a more regular schedule for dental cleanings and/or procedures, do so. Just as you would not want your car to breakdown on the highway after a missed visit to the mechanic, patients should pay special attention to oral health and attend any and all appointments scheduled by a dental office.