Importance of Dental Visits Every 6 Months

6 Jul 2018 by  Ali Long in General Dentistry Resources

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends routine dental check-ups and encourages people to work closely with their dentists to develop a personalized treatment plan. While most children and adults are fine with a twice-yearly visit, individuals who have certain risk factors for developing periodontal disease may need more frequent cleanings.

Dental check-ups: how often do you need them?

If you smoke, have diabetes, are clinically obese, or have a family history of gum disease, you have a greater risk of developing periodontal infection, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. While few people relish the idea of sitting in the dentist chair, individual risk factors will determine the frequency of cleanings needed to maintain a happy, healthy smile.

Having a dental check-up once a year is acceptable in many cases but going every six months is an even smarter choice when it comes to your oral health. Why? Because your dentist can detect issues that aren’t obvious and prevent more serious complications down the line. The majority of dental problems — such as tooth decay or oral cancer — have few symptoms until they reach a more advanced stage. Unfortunately, by the time the patient experiences pain or notices something is “off,” more invasive treatments are needed. 

Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are firm believers in preventative care. Here are some of the reasons why patients benefit from a 6-month check-up.

Detect problems early

Professional teeth cleaning and polishing is just one of the components of a dental visit, which provides an opportunity to diagnose potential problems in their early stages. A thorough dental examination will look for evidence of tooth decay or loosened teeth, check for symptoms of periodontitis, evaluate overall gum health and recession, check for fillings that need to be replaced, and assess your bite and contact between the teeth.

X-ray diagnostics

Impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts and changes in the jawbone are invisible to the naked eye and can worsen substantially with time. X-ray images allow your dentist to pinpoint problems and develop a treatment plan.

Check for oral cancer

Oral cancer can become a life-threatening condition if not caught quickly. Those who smoke, chew tobacco or are heavy drinkers are at a higher risk. Your dentist is trained to look for subtle and more telltale signs and may use a non-invasive device to screen for abnormalities. An oral cancer screen is painless, takes less than 5 minutes, and may save your life.

Prevent gum disease

Even if you brush and floss meticulously, plaque and tartar can still build up. Visiting twice a year for cleanings can prevent this from happening and reduce the chances of developing gum disease. Your dentist can spot early signs of gum infection, perform a deep cleaning and recommend products and methods to keep disease at bay.

Schedule your dental check-up in Suffolk County

Do yourself a favor and stay on top of your oral health with regular dental check-ups. With routine appointments every 6 months, we catch issues sooner than later and avoid more invasive and budget-busting treatments.

We now have two dental office locations in Long Island. Call our Rocky Point or South Huntington practice and schedule your 6-month appointment today!

Additional Resources on Dental Check-Ups: 

  1. Colgate, How Often Should You Go To The Dentist? https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/how-often-should-you-go-to-the-dentist
  2. OralB, Importance of Regular Dental Visits https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adults/the-importance-of-regular-dental-visits
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