Decades ago, health and dental organizations decided that a guideline needed to be established regarding the frequency of dental visits. The result was based on a “best guess” estimate of what would be appropriate for the broadest range of dental patients.
How Many Checkups Do I Need?
We should start by saying that everyone needs to see the dentist because even if you’re an oral hygiene superstar, you can’t get your teeth completely clean with brushing and flossing alone. And while semi-annual dental checkups are a good rule of thumb, the frequency of visits should be based on your personal oral health needs.
Your dentist and oral hygiene team will evaluate your needs and determine what’s best for you. Some patients may be able to get by with fewer cleanings, but others with certain risk factors may benefit from three or four cleanings a year. These are:
- Pregnant women
- Smokers and tobacco users of any kind
- Those with current gum disease
- Those who are prone to cavities or plaque buildup
- People with a weakened immune system
What Happens during My Checkups?
Seeing your dentist at six-month intervals allows us to monitor your oral health, look for problems that may be developing, provide a thorough professional cleaning, and do an oral cancer screening. These visits are also a great time to ask questions, discuss concerns, or just catch up with your dental professionals.
Please Call our Cumberland Office to Arrange Your Next Visit
As your dentist in Cumberland, IN, Dr. Dane Uhl has all the skill and experience needed to provide you and your family with top-quality care. If you would like to make an appointment for a checkup, please call German Church Road Family Dentistry. We will work with you to personalize a schedule that will allow you to enjoy a healthy, problem-free smile.