The right frequency of cleanings and exams from a dentist is different for everyone. Most dental insurance policies cover a visit every six months, so this has become the default frequency for most patients. Realistically, some people can benefit from more frequent visits, and some people may only require a dentist visit once a year.
How often you should see the dentist can depend on a number of factors, including:
- Your rate of decay
- Your gum health
- Your risk factors for gum disease
If you don’t floss daily and have trouble maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, you may need to see the dentist at least once every six months. The plaque and tartar that builds up between your teeth and along your gums will need to be removed by a hygienist, and the dentist will need to check to see if decay or infection has arisen.
If you have certain risk factors leaving you more vulnerable to gum disease, you may benefit from general dentistry services more frequently. These risk factors include:
- Being pregnant
- Diabetes and other systemic diseases
- Using oral contraceptives
By seeing the dentist more frequently, you can prevent the progression and development of gum disease.
Of course, if you are using dental insurance, we understand it may be most cost effective for you to visit us once every six months. For most patients, this frequency can be effective. We’ll work with you to make sure you are achieving your best oral health.
For effective dental care, please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough, Ralston Square and Village Pointe to schedule an appointment with an experienced Omaha dentist.