How Often Should You See Your Dentist?
Taking excellent care of your teeth at home does not eliminate the regular need to visit your dentist. But how often should you schedule a visit with your dentist? There is not one-defined timeframe that you should visit your dentist. On average, many people visit a dentist twice a year. Even if you have perfect oral health, during your dental visit you can get a cleaning and check up to ensure you’re on track. Your dentist can check for oral problems that you may not see or feel in the beginning stages. Many dental issues are not visible or painful until they are advanced. Having regular dental visits with your dentist will allow your dentist to find early signs of disease when it is more manageable. However, scheduling dental visits is based on each person’s oral hygiene, habits and medical history. In times of illnesses, you may need to visit your dentist more often.
Some people can get away with fewer visits, while others may need more frequent visits. Once a year dental visit may be fine for people with very little risk of cavities or gum disease. Visiting a dentist every three to four months may be needed for people with a high risk. High-risk individuals include:
- Smokers – Tobacco use is a known risk factor for gum disease and oral cancer.
- Pregnant women – Pregnancy hormones can cause gum inflammation and other oral issues.
- Diabetics – Diabetics also have a higher risk of gum disease, along with fungal infections and other oral problems.
- Cancer patients – Cancer treatment can cause oral health problems such as dry mouth, infection, or inflammation.
- People with heart disease – Heart health has been linked to dental health. Frequent dental cleanings may also help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- People with current gum disease, a weak immune response to bacterial infection, or tend to get cavities or build up plaque should see a dentist more often than twice a year.
You should make an appointment with your dentist in addition to your regular visits if you notice any changes to your dental health. If you notice any chipped teeth, sensitivity to hot or cold, swollen or bleeding gums, or teeth pain be sure to call your dental office. Additionally, if you have any type of dental work done, you may be asked to make follow-up and checkup appointments with your dentist to ensure proper care and usage.
Remember to make your regular visit with your dentist and schedule additional appointments when needed. Reach out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions regarding dental visits.