Are you visiting the dentist often enough?
It’s important to visit the dentist regularly, but how often is sufficient? The answer is dependent on many individual factors in a person’s life. Preexisting health conditions, including those not limited to dentistry, will affect what you need to have done. Keep reading to determine what dental visit frequency is right for you and your family.
The Average Joe
If you’re currently experiencing no dental issues, have healthy gums, and an otherwise clean bill of health, you’re in luck. Patients like you can visit the dentist at the minimally, at every six months. During these appointments, the dentist will verify your teeth and gums are remaining healthy.
A hygienist will check for gum swelling as well as plaque and tarter accumulation. If any is detected, these deposits will be removed before they can cause decay.
Because of the various hormonal and chemical changes in the body, pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis and tooth decay. It’s important to keep the gums and teeth squeaky clean, but intensive dental work should be postponed until after the first trimester.
If you’re planning on getting pregnant soon, it’s a good idea to take the steps to reach your optimal oral health beforehand. Frequent cavities are the last thing an expectant mother wants to deal with alongside all the other joys of pregnancy.
Children should visit the dentist at least every six months, but some children may be more cavity-prone than others and thus will need more attention. It’s important to encourage healthy eating and maintenance habits, so children won’t suffer from cavities and decay at an excessive rate.
The 6-Month Rule
On average, it’s sufficient to visit the dentist every six months. Following that protocol should ensure the continued health and satisfactory maintenance of your teeth. If you know you’re particularly cavity prone, or have a preexisting medical condition that warrants special care, seek dental care more frequently.
Choose Dr. Jose Ruiz for your regular dental care provider. We strive to make routine appointments at our office an enjoyable experience for all those involved. Give us a call today, and schedule your first step towards optimal oral health!