To maintain a healthy smile, how often should you go to the dentist? Finding a dentist with whom your family feels comfortable is one of the most important steps toward keeping your teeth healthy. Once you have found a dentist you like, the next important step is to visit your dentist regularly for routine dental care.

How Frequently Should You Go to the Dentist?

When it comes to dental exams and professional cleanings, the general rule of thumb is to visit the dentist's office twice a year.

Truth is, this is madness! Every single one of us is different and have different needs. So dental appointments cannot be fixed for all of us. Twice yearly is just a good recommendation but it really doesn't apply to everyone.

The reason why you visit your dentist is to get a professional dental cleaning, which is necessary for maintaining gum health, and a check-up so that you know what needs to be fixed in your mouth.

During the cleaning process, your dentist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth.

Tartar and plaque form in the mouth at different rates. Many times patients visit their dentist for a recall cleaning visit only to be found two weeks later for a scheduled filling and already tartar is forming on the teeth.

Some other patients need to visit a dentist for a cleaning only every 12 months. When dentists polish the teeth, the pellicle (skin of the tooth) is removed but will reappear in 3 days. The sticky biofilm (plaque) will then stick to the pellicle.

Home care is vital in determining this rate of buildup of the product that is partially responsible for gum disease. Good brushers and flossers (determined by the frequency and quality of doing so) of course will fare better and last longer before needing another cleaning.

It is extremely important to remember that gum disease is 100% preventable, but once seen in the mouth it is not 100% curable, and is less than 100% arrestable. So patients (and dentist) need to be armed with methods that properly address and pay for this degree of infection.

So what do I recommend you do?

  • If you are a woman, get a clean bill of health before you conceive. Learn how to maintain that state of gum health. Your child’s health depends on it.
  • Seek out a more individualized treatment modality from your dentist in regards to your own unique periodontal issues.
  • Find a dentist that understands and agrees with what is written here, and plan to live your life with perfect dental health so as to make other aspects of your health, both mental and physical, much improved.

If you take one message home with you after reading this, please remember this: Gum disease is like cancer. In the earliest form (gingivitis) it is curable. After that, it’s only possible to achieve remission.

Let your dentist help you to prevent gingivitis so that you never have to face living with regret for the rest of your life.

Regular visits to your dentist are essential for healthy teeth. Even if you have never had a single cavity, it is important to see your dentist to prevent any future oral care issues. Routine dental cleanings will not only help keep your family's teeth healthy, but they will also establish a lifetime of healthy choices for your children.

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