How often do I need to see the dentist?
Most people require only two visits to the dentist each year for examinations and cleanings. This allows us to check for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease and conduct an oral cancer screening. We will also take x-rays once a year in most cases.
Twice-yearly teeth cleanings give us a chance to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth and along the gum line. Even the most diligent home care cannot remove the hard tartar that builds up on your teeth. The only way to remove it is with special dental instruments.
We will also check your mouth for any signs of gum disease. Gum disease in its early stages, known as gingivitis, is reversible if it is caught early. Gum disease is often present with no symptoms, so the only way to know if you have it is by going to the dentist.
Those who already have gum disease in its advanced stages may need to come to the dentist every few months for a deep cleaning. This will enable us to monitor the gum disease. Left unchecked and untreated, gum disease usually leads to tooth loss. We will treat it aggressively to help make sure this does not happen.