It was only 50 years ago that there were no recommended guidelines as to how often you should see the dentist. The idea of prevention was not emphasized at the time—dentists focused on fixing the dental problems that would arise in patients instead of preventing them in the first place. Prevention eventually became important to dentists and now there are guidelines as to how often you should see a dentist.
Why Going to The Dentist Is Important
Dentist visits accomplish two tasks: first of all, they check for serious signs of dental problems and other diseases. Many serious dental health problems, such as cavities, gum disease and oral cancer, don’t become visible or cause pain until the advanced stages. Your dentist or hygienist will also be on the lookout for vitamin deficiencies. Visiting the dentist regularly means that your dentist will be able to identify early signs of any dental health problems before they cause significant pain and expensive bills.
In the cleaning portion of your dental visit, the hygienist will remove any tartar from your teeth through a process called scaling. Tartar occurs when plaque has not been removed. Keep in mind that tartar can only be removed by your dentist. Failing to remove tartar can lead to serious dental problems, such as gum disease.
As the Canadian Dental Association points out, good oral health contributes positively to one’s life, including physical, mental and social well-being.
How Often Should You See A Dentist?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that the people have regular checkups and dental cleanings. This means scheduling dental checkups/cleanings twice a year or roughly every six months. Even if you have excellent oral hygiene habits, this recommendation should be followed. The dentist may prolong this recommendation if he or she finds that your teeth are in excellent care, but this will be up to your dentist.
Keep in mind that the above recommendation doesn’t apply to all people. There are many people who are at an increased risk of dental health problems, such as cavities and gum disease. These people fall into the “high-risk” category and therefore should visit the dentist every three or four months. You may be considered high-risk if:
- You smoke
- You are pregnant
- You are very susceptible to cavities and plaque
- You currently have gum disease
- You have diabetes
- You are in a time of stress or other illness
If you are need of a dental checkup and cleaning, consider Dawson Dental. Our team is knowledgeable and caring. Contact us today for more.