How Often Should You See the Family Dentist

How Often Should You See the Family Dentist from Roderick A. Garcia, DMD PC in Albuquerque, NMAccording to the American Dental Association, little more than half of Americans visit a family dentist twice yearly, which is the frequency with which the ADA recommends checkups. This means that an overwhelming percentage — more than 40% — only schedule a visit when something is wrong. Individuals who fall into the latter category may actually end up spending more money on dental care than if they were to maintain biannual appointments visits. Moreover, failing to see a family dentist regularly can lead to significant dental issues and, eventually, tooth loss.

The importance of regular checkups with a family dentist

Though the recommended frequency of visits with a family dentist will vary from person to person, the ADA suggests that everyone should make at least one to two visits a year. A good rule of thumb individuals should live by, however, is to schedule a cleaning every six months.

Many people wonder why it is necessary to schedule dental appointments twice a year, or at all, if the teeth are in otherwise good shape. The answer to this is two-fold.

For one, regular dental visits give patients an opportunity to undergo much more thorough cleanings than what can be achieved at home. While brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice daily can help prevent the buildup of bacteria on the teeth and gums, these practices cannot clean well between the teeth or beneath the gumline. With professional tools, however, a dental hygienist or dentist can remove the buildup of plaque or tartar in hard to reach places and therefore reduce a patient’s risk of developing cavities, gum disease, bad breath, or other dental problems.

Two, a thorough dental exam can reveal small issues before they become bigger and costlier ones. If caught early on, minor issues, such as dental caries, can be reversed or treated before causing major problems.

Other times to visit a family dentist

Some individuals may require more frequent visits to a family dentist than others or need to schedule a visit that falls outside of the typical six-month schedule. Instances that may require a visit sooner rather than later include the following:

  • When a patient experiences severe, lingering tooth or gum pain
  • When a patient experiences sudden and/or extreme tooth or gum sensitivity
  • When a patient experiences trauma to the mouth, such as after a sports injury or car accident
  • When a tooth becomes cracked, chipped, loose, or broken
  • When a person develops a cavity
  • When an existing restoration or prosthetic becomes loose or falls out
  • When a person develops visible symptoms of decay or damage, such as white patches in the mouth or dark spots on the teeth

In these instances, it is always best that a person seeks immediate attention from a dental professional, even if the issue turns out to be nothing major.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp:
Family Dentist in Albuquerque, NM

Conclusion

The job of a family dentist is to maintain patients’ overall oral health and prevent as many dental issues as possible. The best way these professionals can accomplish their jobs is by seeing each patient on an annual or biannual basis.

Request an appointment or call Roderick A. Garcia, DMD PC at 505-634-5029 for an appointment in our Albuquerque office.

Recent Posts

General Vs. Family Dentist: What's The Difference

There are many reasons to consider choosing either a family dentist or a general dentist. A move to a new location, changing dental needs, or even the retirement of a current dentist can lead a patient to weigh the available options in dental care. Knowing the difference in the services and restrictions of each type…

Why Choose One Family Dentist For Everyone In Your Family

Choosing the same family dentist for every member in a household has numerous benefits. These practitioners are trained in providing dental care to most age groups and understand the varying oral and dental health needs at all life stages. This differs from general dentistry, in which practitioners generally focus on a particular age group.There are…

What To Expect When A Family Dentist Cleans Your Teeth

Routine dental cleanings by a family dentist are essential for maintaining excellent oral health. Although it is crucial for patients to practice good oral hygiene daily at home, regular visits to a family dental practice allow for a more thorough tooth cleaning than patients can achieve on their own. Knowing what to expect before visiting…

Recent Posts

Adjusting To New Dentures: Proper Care For New Dentures

Adjusting To New Dentures: Proper Care For New Dentures

Dentures can replace multiple missing teeth, restoring your confidence and ease of eating. Now that you have your smile back, the next step is adjusting to new dentures. How do you take care of your new smile?While dentures are not real teeth, you must care for them as attentively as real teeth. That way, they…

Myths About Adjusting To New Dentures

4 Myths About Adjusting To New Dentures

When natural teeth are no longer healthy, it is occasionally necessary to get dentures. Although it is not always pleasant, adjusting to new dentures does not have to be traumatic. Understanding the facts about dentures can help dispel common myths that may cause anxiety and help make the transition to using this type of artificial…

Summer Specials Available through August 2022