Is It Time for Your Regular Dental Visit Checkup?
Tips For Regularly Visiting The Dentist & Info On Patients May Be At High Risk For Oral Disease
Have you ever wondered how often you should see the dentist?
In general, visiting the dentist twice a year for a checkup is a good rule to follow.
However, some people should visit the dentist more often depending on their dental health and potential risk factors.
If you never get cavities and take care to floss and brush your teeth every day, you might be able to see the dentist once a year. However, everyone needs to see the dentist regularly whether they experience any dental problems.
The reason we recommend regular checkup appointments is because it’s the best way to prevent serious dental problems and detect any health conditions early.
It’s much better to fill a cavity while it’s still small or mend a cracked tooth before it causes noticeable pain.
In some cases, patients do need to see their dentist more often than twice a year.
Patients that fall into a high-risk group may need to see their dentist three or four times per year.
High-risk Patients Include People with Gum Disease
If you have gum disease, it’s important to follow your dentist’s treatment plan.
Gum disease can lead to bone and tooth loss.
At Forest Ridge Dental, we’ve helped many patients over the years with gum disease with our Lanap laser treatment.
Not only does this laser procedure kill the bacteria causing the gum disease, but it also helps your body regenerate lost bone.
For many people, it’s an alternative to painful gum surgery and tissue grafting.
People Who Smoke
Smoking raises your risk for oral cancer.
Our experienced dentists have trained eyes to notice any suspicious changes to your oral health. If you need help quitting, talk to your health provider for tips.
Remember, many people who want to quit smoking eventually do after several attempts. Don’t give up!
Patients With Type 2 Diabetes
People who have type 2 diabetes face a higher risk of gum disease.
Women Who are Pregnant
Some women find they are more likely to develop cavities while pregnant.
If you need dental work and you’re pregnant, always seek the advice of your obstetrician/gynecologist.
People Who Get Cavities Easily or Have a Plaque
If you fall into this group, frequent visits to the dentist are worth the time.
Untreated cavities can lead to major decay and tooth pain.
Plaque, a breeding ground for bacteria, can lead to gum disease if it’s not removed.
At Forest Ridge Dentistry, we’re committed to helping our patients enjoy good oral health. Please feel free to ask us any questions about your dental health. We’re here to help!
Schedule your checkup today. Call (530) 676-9999 to schedule your appointment.