How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

Teeth Whitening Nose RingPopular opinion has many people believing that they only need to visit the dentist when they are in dental pain. But is that really all the dentist is good for?

Your dental health is more important than you may realize. It’s connected to your overall wellbeing and needs just as much attention. Regular dental checkups play a critical role in keeping your smile healthy. Ask yourself these questions to determine how often you should go to the dentist’s.

What’s My Cavity Risk?

For the most part, two visits per year scheduled six months apart are sufficient for keeping teeth healthy. Things change a bit, however, if you’re prone to tooth decay.

A dentist like Dr. Rahman might recommend that you have an extra visit during the year. Regular dental x-rays are especially important when it comes to detecting new cavities. By spotting decay as early as possible, you can benefit from the most conservative treatment option possible.

Think of it this way: how hard is it to visit the dentist for an extra cleaning and checkup and then get a small filling, as needed? Is it really preferable to wait until you have a throbbing toothache to show up and learn that you need antibiotics, pain medication, an emergency root canal, and a new crown?

Do I Have Gum Disease?

If you’ve had or currently developed some form of gum disease, Dr. Rahman will advise you to schedule three or even four visits a year. These appointments will help you control inflammation and ensure clean teeth to promote healing.

These frequent appointments are especially important to track your gums’ response to periodontal treatment.

Is My Oral Hygiene Limited?

Your teeth will benefit from more than two cleanings a year if you aren’t able to clean them thoroughly on your own at home.

Conditions like:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Parkinson’s
  • Arthritis
  • Limited movement in hands/arms

…can limit your ability to brush and floss. Your smile might suffer if it isn’t cleaned thoroughly. Thankfully, we can help you fill in the gap!

To get a more complete idea of your oral health needs, schedule a visit at Vanguard Dental Solutions.