Visiting the dentist twice a year works well for most patients, but where did that idea come from? While dentistry has been practised since Roman times, until the last half-century, most dentists focused almost exclusively on fixing problems, rather than prevention. Under that model, standardised treatment practices did not include a schedule for regular visits. Some sources say that a Pepsodent toothpaste ad was the first to suggest it. Others say that soldiers, coming home from World War 2 spurred the dental community to set the standard. Whatever the case, not all patients are best served by the twice a year model, here are some things to consider.
How Often to Visit – Keep Your Specific Needs in Mind
Not all patients face the same risk for dental complications. Those at a higher risk should set up an individual schedule with their care provider that best suits their needs. Your need for regular dental exams may also change throughout your lifetime.
Patients that should consider a more frequent exam schedule, include:
- Patients who smoke
- Patients who currently suffer from gum disease
- Anyone with compromised immune systems
- Patients who are pregnant
The key factor is maintenance of dental hygiene and prevention of dangerous oral conditions, such as gum disease and tooth decay. Take the time to discuss your care schedule with your dental professional – they know your history and can recommend the best course of action.
Some patients may be able to skip an appointment
While most dentists will want to see you every six months, for patients with good oral hygiene, strong teeth, and few cavities, that may not be necessary. Talk to your dentist to determine if you really need an exam every six months. Following professional advice, from a care provider who knows your condition is the best way to maintain your dental health.
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