How Often Should you Visit Your Dentist?

How often should you visit your dentist?

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Attending your dental appointments can help to prevent the onset AND further progression of tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease. So how often should you visit your dentist?

 

Every patient is different in their needs, but the general rule of thumb is that you see your dentist every 6 months – however, if you have any pre-existing oral health problems your dentist may recommend that you attend every 3 to 4 months.

 

Prevention is the hallmark of modern dentistry

Regular check ups at the dentist determine whether your teeth and gums are healthy and can also prevent problems before they progress.

 

Dental cleanings are part of that prevention too. They remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Check ups can also preempt an emergency visit to the dentist and the pain that comes with it. If you begin to develop any pain or sensitivity, that is your cue to book a check up!

 

Also consider an appointment with your dentist if you have any other health conditions as some conditions and even medications can affect your teeth directly. Your dentist will be able to advise on the regularity of your appointments once they have a better idea of your overall health.

 

Problems that occur in your mouth are more likely to be noticed by your dentist than you and prevention and treatment plans can be put in place! Most people are not aware that nearly a quarter of the population has gone more than 5 years without seeing a dentist! Only 28% of the population have never gone more than 12 months without seeing their dentist.

 

Oral Health Recommendations

As well as visiting your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease, the American Dental Association (ADA) published a series of recommendations to help patients take charge of their oral health care between appointments with their dentist. These include:

 

1. Brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
2. Clean between your teeth (floss) daily
3. Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary beverages and snacks
4. Mouth rinses:

 

a. For those with increased risk of gum disease, use a mouth rinse and /or toothpaste with proven antimicrobial activity.
b. For those with increased risk of caries (tooth decay), use a fluoridated mouth rinse.

 

5. Use a powered toothbrush for improved plaque removal

 

Why choose Dublin Corners Dental?

 

Dublin Corners Dental opened in 2006 by Marjan Shaghasi DDS with the goal to provide the best care possible. We make it a point to get to know each of our patients, and to care for them as we would want to be cared for. Putting patients at ease in our care is our top priority – here you are in control. Just let us know how we can accomodate you and we will do everything in our power to ensure you have a wonderful experience and attend regularly as a result.

 

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services to suit your needs. Call Today to arrange an appointment to start your journey to better oral health and hygiene at (925)875-9292 or Contact Us here.

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