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Do You Really Need to See the Dentist Twice a Year?

Would you get a haircut every other month if your hair was healthy and not causing any problems just because your friend goes that often?

The idea of everyone getting their teeth cleaned twice a year follows that same logic.

While some people need to visit their dentist every six months to get their pearly whites in top condition, not everyone will need to. The frequency in which you visit the dentist should be tailored to your probability of developing periodontal disease.

Are Twice Yearly Dental Visits Beneficial?

The answer to that question depends on your overall mouth health.

About half of all adults over 30 have some sort of inflammatory gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. In these cases, visiting the dentist every six months may not be often enough.

Research has proven that there is no correlation between tooth loss and how often you go to the dentist. If you are at risk of losing teeth due to genetics or some form of oral disease, two visits a year may not suffice.

While most research on this topic has proven to be beneficial, most of the funding comes from commercial companies who use the research results for financial gain. While this does not invalidate their findings, it highlights the lack of funding put into potentially revolutionary studies.

The key takeaway here is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to going for a checkup. Each patient has their own unique needs and they should be addressed as such.

How Often is it Really Necessary to Visit the Dentist?

The only way to determine how often you should visit your dentist is to look at your overall mouth health. Your dentist should tailor your appointments to your needs. You may benefit from a visit every three months while your friends visit at the four, six, or even nine month intervals.

Your journey to optimal oral health is yours. No one but you and your dentist can determine how often you should find yourself in your dentist’s chair. If you want to be sure that you’re receiving the best care possible, reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens today.

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