Most people know that an integral part of good oral hygiene includes regular visits to the dentist. At these appointments, your teeth are deep-cleaned and inspected to see if any additional dental work needs to be done. However, not everyone knows how often these dentist visits should occur. How often should you really go to the dentist? Once a year? Twice? Four times?
Here at Hillcrest Dental, we advise having your pearly whites examined at least twice a year. By showing up at the dentist’s office every six months, you can rest assured that any wear and tear or serious damage to your teeth or gums is caught by the professionals before it spirals out of control.
Although magical number “2” is a general recommendation for all individuals, we recommend you visit your dentist and have him or her examine your teeth, your gums, and your oral hygiene routine to find the optimal number of times you should visit your dentist annually.
Each individual is unique, and depending on your oral health, it may be wise for you to consider visiting the dentist more or less frequently than twice a year. For example, if your teeth are prone to decay problems or your gums are prone to gum disease (if you smoke, chew tobacco, or use oral contraceptives, you are at a higher risk for gum disease), it is probably in your best interest to visit the dentist more often than twice a year if you can. Conversely, if your dentist examines your mouth and finds that your oral hygiene routine is superb and your gums and teeth are healthy, you may not need to visit the dentist twice a year.
Another thing to consider when deciding how often you should visit the dentist is your benefits package. If you have dental insurance that covers check-ups at a certain annual frequency, like every nine months or every six months, it may be economical for you to extend the amount of time between dentist visits. However, if at all possible, we recommend you still try to aim to see your dentist as close to every six months as possible.
As a general rule, it’s wise to go to the dentist a minimum of once a year if at all possible, but it’s best to talk to your dentist directly and have him or her examine your mouth to decide how often you should really have your teeth inspected.
At Hillcrest Dental, we are committed to keeping you and your family happy and healthy with beautiful smiles. Visit our website or give us a call today at 931-552-2582 to learn more about how we can improve your oral health!