For years, many people grew up being taught that they should visit the dentist at least once a year. Unfortunately, this was a guideline that could actually lead many people to develop dental problems between their preventive visits. Even the modern recommendation that most patients should visit the dentist once every six months is highly variable based on a person’s genetics, diet, and dental hygiene. While some people may be able to visit only once a year and still maintain healthy smiles, many will learn the hard way that to avoid pesky dental problems like cavities and especially gum disease, they need to see the dentist at least every three or four months. To determine how frequently you need professional checkups and cleanings, talk to your dentist about your oral health, and the many simple steps you can take to better protect it!
Checkups and Cleanings Are More than Important; They’re Crucial
Plaque bacteria is the chief culprit behind most dental problems, including cavities, which affect most adults. It is also the main cause of gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America, and a serious health condition that can affect more than just one’s gums. Gum disease has links to many health conditions including diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions, so preventing and treating it is vital to one’s overall wellbeing. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, you will likely require frequent dental visits for periodontal therapy.
While brushing and flossing are important ways to help remove plaque, they are rarely adequate for completely preventing plaque buildup known as tartar. Once tartar is present, it can only be removed through a professional cleaning.
This is why regular cleanings are so critical to maintaining good oral health.