Do I need to see the dentist twice a year?

It’s mostly recommended to visit your dentist twice a year. Is there a logic behind it ? Why it is recommended to go to dentist twice a year ? Six monthly check-ups are mainly designed keeping in mind majority of the population but it can be more or less frequent depending on the multiple factors like oral hygiene, dietary habits, general wellbeing, habits of smoking and many other factors. Your dentist will be best to advise the frequency of check-ups.

The reason to attend regular appointment is that some serious problems can go undetected if there are longer gaps between check-ups and hence the need for regular check-ups to reduce the chances of a dental problem going unnoticed. Within six months, the majority of people will produce enough plaque and calculus build up to cause inflammation and damage of the gums so calculus need to be cleaned off  regularly to prevent gum damage and gum disease and bone loss. The bone loss starts off slowly but will accelerate if left undiagnosed leading to loosening of teeth and eventually tooth loss. Also failure to treat a dental problem on time leads to some irreversible conditions. Worsening of the cavity to the point of root canal treatment is unavoidable if it remains untreated for a long time.  To avoid the occurrence of such a problem, it is advisable to see your dentist at least twice a year. Other thing is having your mouth checked regularly can help detect any oral cancers at an early stage.

Sometimes there is a factor of finances. There are many patients who would want to receive dental treatment but they fear the financial aspect which goes along with the treatment. Many people chose to totally forgo their regular treatment on the issue of finances.  This makes it impossible for them to have the check up twice a year. Call our surgery to find out how we can help with this.

Regular check up at 6 months or even sometimes at 3-4 months are recommended for:

  • Smokers.
  • People with poor oral hygiene and poor Dietary habits.
  • Have dry mouth.
  • Had extensive dental treatment in past.
  • Have high caries risk.
  • Suffer from chronic health issues like diabetes or heart disease.
  • Pregnant and nursing mothers.
  • Older people.
  • Taking bisphosphonate medication for osteoporosis.
  • Had radiation in head and neck area for cancer.
  • History of gum/periodontal disease that has caused damage to and loss of bone around the teeth.
  • Old people with less manual dexterity to brush teeth properly.
  • Crowded and overlapped teeth and find it hard to clean.
  • Inadequate saliva flow.
  • Acidic saliva.
  • People on non-fluoridated water.

Treatment of teeth can be done at the right time if you set and follow the dentist appointments at least twice a year.  Solving the problem in its early stages helps in treating it in the least invasive manner as possible. An act that saves you time, money and pain. Make the smart choice today – visit your dentist. It only takes an open mind!

Oct, 25, 2016

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