For years, it has been well known that Americans have notoriously bad teeth. Very people spend the amount of time necessary to keep their teeth in good condition. Many of the people who are alive today grew up without guidelines of how often they should see the dentist. In addition, many old school dentists tried to fix issues with peoples teeth rather than preventing them in the first place.
Finally, health and dental organizations decided that it was necessary to establish standards for dental care. Based on more guesswork than actual fact, they recommended that people visit their dentist at least twice every year for tooth cleaning and checkups. They also stressed that gum disease and cavities are mostly avoidable. Many experts now believe that this advice was first circulated by Pepsodent advertisements for toothpaste. However, this recommendation is not necessarily accurate for everyone. It is more important for dental visits to be based on each individual’s medical conditions, habits and oral hygiene.
It doesn’t really matter how much attention you spend on your gums and teeth at home. You still need to visit a dentist on a regular basis so that he or she can inspect your gums and teeth for issues that you might not be able to see or feel. As a matter of fact, most problems that you will have with your gums or teeth aren’t going to manifest themselves until they have reached an advanced stage. Common examples include oral cancer, gum disease and cavities. Problems like these can easily be treated before they become huge problems, as long as you see your dentist on a regular basis.
For the average individual, seeing the dentist two times every year is usually sufficient. However, for those who are at high risk of gum disease or cavities, this is not enough. It is recommended that those who are susceptible to infection see the dentist between four and six times a year. Those who are at a high risk of infection include the following: those with diabetes, pregnant women, smokers, people who experience large amounts of plaque or cavities and those who are easily infected.
Check with your dentist to see if he or she thinks that the number of times you are visiting every year is enough to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
In addition, if you are considering transforming your current look into a beautiful smile, ask your dentist about Lumineers. These are extremely thin strips of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth to help prepare your mouth for the transformation. There is very little preparation, and frequently you’ll only need two visits! Call today to see if Lumineers are the solution for you.