Going to the dentist is one appointment many are all too eager to avoid. For some the exam can be uncomfortable if they have very sensitive teeth. When you’re busy with everyday life, it can be a huge hassle to go to the dentist. Some may be afraid of having a cavity which would require them to come back for another appointment. Other may just not like having someone poking around in their mouth!
Whatever the reason, one dentist appointment can easily be pushed back or canceled until you’re much too overdue for a cleaning. Just how often should you see a dentist?
As a general rule, it is a good idea to visit your dentist at least every six months. Seeing your dentist twice a year will ensure that any problems like cavities or gum disease are caught early and taken care of before they cause major damage.
However, there are a few circumstances when seeing your dentist more often is a good idea. It all depends on your personal health, your dental routine and habits, as well as medical conditions.
If you’re one to brush morning and night, floss every day, and eat a balanced diet you can safely assume that the 6-month-rule will work well for you. Yes, you still need to see the dentist twice a year, even if you have the best dental hygiene of anyone you know! This will help you to maintain the health of your pearly whites. Often times if dental problems arise, they won’t cause pain or have visible signs early on. Your dentist, however, will know just what to look for.
If you have a high risk of cavities, gum disease, or other dental diseases, you may want to plan to see a dentist three or four times a year. Are you prone to getting cavities? It’s a good idea to schedule more frequent dental visits. If you get heavy plaque buildup or if you already have gum disease you’ll also want to see your dentist often.
Smoking and using tobacco is a risk factor for gum disease and oral cancer. If you smoke or use tobacco it’s important to see your dentist more often.
Pregnancy is also an important time to visit your dentist. It is recommended that pregnant women see their dentist at least once during pregnancy, as pregnancy hormones can make women more susceptible to gum inflammation, gingivitis, and other dental problems.
If you have diabetes you will also want to see a dentist often to combat a higher risk of gum disease, fungal infection, and other dental problems.
It is important to visit your dentist often. Doing so will help you prevent problems, rather than only making an appointment to fix a problem. If you experience any pain, swollen gums, sores that don’t heal, bleeding, or anything that seems out of the ordinary, make an appointment to see your dentist.
If you’re in the Orem area, be sure to let the Crawford Leishman Dental Group help with any of your dental problems.