Regular visits to the dentist are important to long-term oral health. Preventative care such as checkups and cleanings help prevent problems down the line. Also, dentists can often detect problems before they are visible or even felt by the patient. Things such as cavities, gum disease and oral cancer are more manageable and easier to treat when caught in the early stages. This is why it’s important to establish a good relationship with a dentist you trust and schedule regular visits.
What is the Magic Number of Dental Visits?
Although the number can vary based on individual circumstances, a good recommendation for most people is two visits per year. A checkup and cleaning every six months helps prevent plaque buildup and future problems.
However, patients that are at a high risk of dental disease may need to schedule more, seeing their dentist 3-4 times per year. High-risk patients can include those who smoke, people with diabetes, those who tend to get frequent cavities or have a week immune response to bacterial infections.
Additionally, life circumstances may cause you to need to visit a dentist more often. Pregnant women may want to schedule an extra checkup. Illnesses or injuries can also increase the need for dental visits, or procedures such as root canals, crowns, or bridges often been more visits (although America’s Family Dental offers same day crowns).
So while two per year is a good recommendation, the number of visits that is right for you and your family can vary.
Ben Franklin’s famous quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies to dentistry. By scheduling regular dental visits you can help you prevent future problems and maintain your healthy smile for years to come. You future, cavity-free self will thank you.