How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?
by Dr. Beau Beecher, DDS on 11/21/2018
When we are kids, our parents typically schedule all of our visits to the dentist for us. But as adults, it can be all too easy to let those regular appointments go unscheduled. Before you know it, it’s been more than a year since your last dental cleaning.
Taking care of your teeth is about more than brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Even if you feel like your teeth are perfectly healthy, proper oral care is not complete without visits to the dentist every six months for a routine checkup and professional cleaning.
Benefits of regular dental checkups
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends at least one to two visits to the dentist each year. It will vary from person to person, but every six months is the general rule.
Regular dental visits allow for a more thorough cleaning than your everyday brushing and flossing. Your dental hygienist or dentist will be able to remove built-up plaque and tartar from your gum line, helping to prevent gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and other problems.
These visits also afford your dentist the opportunity to perform a full dental examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth, to check for signs of disease or diagnose other problems.
Changes to your dental health
Be sure to make appointments outside of your normal visits if you experience changes to your dental health. Pain, chipped teeth, sensitivity to hot or cold, and swollen or bleeding gums are all warning signs that, if left untreated, could lead to severe consequences for your oral health.
High risk for dental issues
If you are pregnant, smoke cigarettes, or are undergoing chemotherapy as part of cancer treatment, you are considered at a higher risk for dental issues. It is recommended that you increase your visits to the dentist beyond the typical six-month checkups.
To schedule your next visit to the dentist, call your local Kimball & Beecher office.