Going to the dentist is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Unfortunately, many people skip dentist appointments because they want to avoid or just don’t have time for the dentist.
At the practice of Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky, an experienced dentist in Edmonton, AB, we stress the importance of routine dental exams and cleanings for good oral health. In this blog post, we discuss how often patients should go to the dentist, as well as the benefits of attending scheduled dental appointments.
Generally, it is ideal to undergo a dental exam and cleaning every six months. However, this may not always be possible if your dental insurance only covers exams every nine months or once a year.
At a minimum, patients should have a dental exam once a year and a cleaning every six months. The dental exam is intended to identify dental problems while they are still minor. In most cases, if dental problems are caught in six months to a year, they can still be treated with more conservative procedures.
The professional dental cleaning should be performed every six months to remove any built-up plaque and tartar. If left to accumulate for longer than six months, this debris can be more difficult to remove and allowed to damage the teeth and gums.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, “48% of Canadians who haven't seen a dentist in the past year have gum disease.” This highlights the importance of seeing the dentist regularly to reduce the risk of developing serious dental conditions.
When dental cleanings and exams are performed every six months, we can reduce:
To schedule your next dental appointment, contact the practice of Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky.