How Often Should I Visit The Dentist?

Phoenix_cosmetic_dentistOn any given day, clients visiting a Phoenix cosmetic dentist may be there for a variety of reasons. Some may be there to receive a set of dental veneers, while others may be getting their teeth whitened, and still others may be consulting with their dentist about receiving a dental implant or another type of restoration. However, it’s likely that many of those visiting a Phoenix cosmetic dentist are there for a dental check up and prophylactic cleaning visit. Some clients schedule these appointments like clockwork; others may be at the dentist’s office for the first time in many years.

The American Dental Association recommends that clients consult with their dental care provider to determine the proper frequency of visits for their particular oral health needs. Why does the ADA currently say that, instead of the twice-a-year recommendation that was common a generation ago? Research has shown that tailoring the frequency of visits based upon a person’s individual oral health risk factors is much more effective.

If you have any of the following conditions, your Phoenix cosmetic dentist may recommend that you come in more frequently than twice a year.

  • Pregnancy. The shift in hormones during pregnancy can cause inflammation of the gums.
  • Tobacco use. Use of any type of tobacco product puts you at risk for a variety of gum and tooth challenges.
  • Diabetes.
  • Heart disease.
  • History of advanced gum disease, tooth decay, or tartar/plaque build-up. 

If you have none of these risks and follow a rigorous home care regimen of twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, your dentist may recommend that you can continue to visit twice a year.

“Determining the frequency of your office visits is an extremely individualized matter, and your dentist can advise you on what is best for your teeth and gums,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a leading Phoenix cosmetic dentist.

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