How Often Should You See the Dentist?

How Often Should You See the Dentist?Often the question comes up, how often should you see the dentist. The general rule is twice a year or every six months. But is that the right advice?

The true answer to that question is, it depends. For the majority of people that is a good rule of thumb. Most children and adults should see a dentist every six months for a cleaning and check up. But sometimes there are situations that make that number change. Many factors can change that twice a year rule of thumb.

One thing is reality. If you are uninsured, or your insurance will only pay for once a year, going every six months may not be an option. Dental care, unfortunately, is not a priority in many benefit packages, and can be that “set aside” thing when times get tough. It shouldn’t be. Talk with your dentist and find out if he or she is willing to work with you to keep your mouth healthy.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you are at greater risk for oral disease you need to go more often. You may need to go more often if you are a regular tobacco and alcohol user, have diabetes, are pregnant, already have periodontal or gum disease, have poor oral hygiene or other medical conditions.

So let’s say you are a regular brusher and flosser, six months should be for you, right? Not so fast. Tartar and plaque form in the mouth at different rates. So people have no problem, others, have it build up quickly no matter how often they brush and floss. So your best bet is to be honest with your dentist, let him or her know your actual oral habits, any prescription drugs you take, any health conditions you have and so forth, and also your financial abilities to pay for care, and then come up with a plan to keep your teeth healthy.

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