People of centuries past would often only visit their dentist for remedies instead of prevention. Nowadays, visiting the dentist is a must to maintain good oral health and remedy problems before they even arise. But how often should you visit the dentist to maintain a healthy smile?
Most dentists agree that getting a checkup at least every six months is ideal. However, depending on lifestyle choices, more frequent visits may be recommended. For example, cigarette smokers or drinkers of high-sugar beverages may build up plaque faster. Additionally, some people develop tartar and plaque at different rates. Those are reasons for more frequent visits.
While genetics may play a part for some people, most buildup of tartar and plaque can be resolved with good oral hygiene habits. Poor oral care is a major factor that determines not only the rate of buildup, but can lead to more serious issues like gum disease.
Gum disease can be prevented if only you observe good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Felt Family Dentistry can give you individualized treatment that will address your unique dental health needs. Remember, prevention is better than cure.