For many years, the standard practice in dental hygiene was to get a dentist checkup every six months. Where did this start and why is this practice continued? Dental services were originally given only to fix existing problems. However, when the dental industry moved towards prevention and education, dentists began recommending twice a year visits in order to catch problems early on and to provide regular deep cleaning.
Does everyone need a dentist checkup every 6 months?
The answer to this question can vary depending on your health history. There are certain populations whose teeth are at higher risk and may need to be seen at least every six months, if not even more, such as:
- People with a history of infections
- People with weak immune systems
- Pregnant women
- People with diabetes
- People with gum disease
- People with weak enamel or tendency to get cavities
If these factors don’t describe you and you have excellent oral health habits, you can speak with your dentist about the best schedule for you. We understand that life gets busy and taking time out for your dentist checkup may not always be convenient, but the benefits of seeing your dentist twice a year can pay off. During your dentist checkup, your dentist or hygienist checks your teeth, gums, and even your head and neck. This helps them to catch early signs of diseases such as gingivitis or even cancer. They also remove hidden plaque deposits and can provide you with fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth and avoid decay.
Here at the office of G.R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS, you’ll love our friendly but professional environment. You’ll also find Dr. Sheumaker to be highly knowledgeable and helpful.