A rule of thumb when it comes to your dental health is to visit the dentist at least twice a year. The American Dental Association and Orange County dentist, Doctor George Saliba recommends this; your parents have probably recommended this as well, with their parents advising them the same. However, today, there is really no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to the number of times you visit a dentist each year. In the past several decades, major improvements have changed dental health: most toothpaste contains fluoride, as do water supplies in many areas. As a result, overall, the number of cavities in the country has dropped.
Still, there are also several reasons why visiting your dentist at least twice a year is good for your health. Some people also choose and/or need to visit their dentists more than twice a year. Here are five top reasons why regular annual dental checkups are always a good idea:
(1) People between the ages of 12 and 24 are in less risk of gum or periodontal disease. However, as you get older, other health issues, such as diabetes or heart disease, can affect or be affected by how healthy your teeth are. As periodontal disease is a long-term, chronic disease, its effects usually worsen as you get older. In order to avoid serious health repercussions, regular check is highly recommended by most dentists.
(2) Smokers tend to have more dental problems. If you’re a smoker, there is a higher chance of you getting gum disease or mouth sores that might develop into cancer. Regular smokers need to have regular checkups, as two annual visits to the dentist is just a minimum.
(3) Practically, if you have dental health care, be sure to use your dental premium. Most dental health coverage in the U.S. cover two free visits each year. If you have dental care and you’re not visiting your dentist at least twice a year, essentially, this means that the insurance (and your money) is going to waste.
(4) Your dentist can get at and clean the build-up plaque that’s impossible to get at with a toothbrush. Cavities are caused by plaque buildup, so regular dental checkups will help you avoid cavities.
(5) Research over the years has shown that your dental hygiene affects much more than the health of your teeth. Those with weaker immune systems are much more vulnerable to getting sick through bacterial infections in your mouth.