Whether you’re new to the area, you’re looking for a new dentist, or you’re already a patient at Midtown Dental Clinic, you may be wondering how often you should visit the dentist in Southeast Washington. What’s the best interval for preventive care? In this blog, we’ll discuss everything that you need to know.
The ADA and all other major dental associations typically recommend that you see a dentist every six months, and that’s our recommendation at Midtown Dental Clinic, too.
You should come into our office to see your dentist every six months, and get an oral exam and teeth cleaning. When it comes to preventive care, consistency is key, so make sure you’re always scheduling the dental care you need.
Not convinced that you need to come to the dentist every six months? There are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to visit Midtown Dental Clinic and see your dentist twice a year, such as:
Recognize dental health issues early – On your own, you may never notice the first stages of gingivitis or a cavity. But your dentist can catch the signs of these problems early, and ensure that you take the proper steps to improve your oral health and prevent these problems from getting worse.
Save time and money – Along with the previous point, routine dental cleanings and exams help you save time and money, because you can often avoid more expensive and time-consuming treatments like fillings for cavities, or deep cleaning (scaling & root planing) to treat gingivitis.
A brighter smile – A teeth cleaning helps remove plaque and tartar that you can’t get rid of on your own, eliminating some minor surface stains and keeping your smile bright and beautiful.
Peace of mind – You’ll know that your mouth is healthy and free of major dental problems, which gives you peace of mind after your consultation with your dentist.
It’s important to note that while six-month visits are usually the best choice, some patients may need to see the dentist more frequently. If you have a high risk of cavities, for example, you may require an appointment every 3-4 months to ensure that your mouth is cavity-free.
Or, if you have mild-to-moderate gum (periodontal) disease, you may need to come in for a periodontal maintenance appointment every 3 months. This ensures that you can halt or reverse the progression of gum disease.
If you require more frequent cleanings and exams at the dentist, your dentist at Midtown Dental Clinic will let you know. Make sure to follow their advice, and see the dentist regularly to keep your mouth healthy.
If you’re ready to schedule a consultation and get the preventive care you need, Midtown Dental Clinic is here to help. Just contact our Richland office or contact our Kennewick office, and we’d be happy to schedule you for an appointment and help you get the dental care you need in Southeast Washington.