Ever since we were children, we have always visited the dentist. We started with our pediatric dentist, moved on to a general dentist, and sometimes had to visit specialists for braces or other needs. But why is it so important to visit your dentist? And how often should you be visiting the dentist? We have created a quick informative article to outline the benefits of your visiting your dentist.

First and foremost the general recommendation is to visit your dentist twice a year. Every 6 months your dentist should be recommended to schedule to come in for a general cleaning, where they do standard x-rays, check for cavities and the health of your gums, plaque removal, and fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth. Having a regular set appointment schedule allows you to not only maintain your oral health but also allows you to develop good oral habits. In between the appointment the American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

Should anyone visit their dentist more than twice a year?

There are those who should be visiting the dentist more often. Some dentists might specialize in emergency dental care where they serve patients who have run into a dental emergency. This could be someone who has chipped their tooth or is experiencing pain. Some people who are prone to gum disease or have weaker teeth should be visiting the dentist more often as well. If you are unsure if you have any health issues that may put your gum or oral health at risk, you should ask your local dentist during your next appointment.

If you are receiving any special dental treatments, like braces or Invisalign or people that have received dental implants, dentures,  or any other corrective surgery should be scheduling additional appointments as was suggested by your dentist. Check up appointments or maintenance for corrective equipment should not replace your regular cleaning appointment. 

Should anyone visit their dentist less than twice a year?

No, the short answer is probably not. For those who it is difficult because of lack of dental insurance or prohibitive costs, or a busy schedule there might be additional options, or instead of twice a year, once a year might suffice. But, since many gum diseases and cavities can develop in as little as 6 months, it is best to catch these early on. Cavities when identified earlier can be better dealt with. The same with gum disease like gingivitis, when you begin treatment early you can save your beautiful smile.

To wrap up, to keep your smile as healthy and white as possible it is best to schedule appointments twice a year for cleaning. This will allow you to catch potential issues as early as possible and take quick action to correct them.


 

If you are located in the Glendale area of Queens NY, you can schedule appointments online for our local dental clinic open 5 days a week for your convenience:

Glendale Boutique Dental 68-35 Myrtle Ave, Glendale, NY 11385, (718) 821 0170 https://www.boutiquedentalny.com/