The typical recommendation is that most patients see the dentist at least twice per year for cleanings and checkups or every six months. This is a good rule of thumb because these regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health with x-rays and examinations and detect any concerns in their earliest stages. It also allows your hygienist to remove the excess plaque buildup during your cleaning that causes issues like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Patients who struggle with gum disease may need additional cleanings throughout the year to help manage their condition. Managing your periodontal health is extremely important since we know gum disease is linked with other health concerns in the body such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It is also the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, but with the help of your dental team, you can usually successfully control your condition.
Dr. Fruithandler assesses the oral health of all new patients during their initial examination, and he’ll recommend the proper cleaning and checkup schedule for your unique needs.
Give Gateway Dental a call today to schedule your next appointment.