Historically, dentistry was more about seeing the dentist only when serious problems arose – dentists fixed problems instead of trying to prevent them. These days, preventive dentistry
has taken a larger role – a visit to the dentist is often more than a teeth cleaning, and for good reason. By regularly visiting the dentist, they’re more likely to see the warning signs of a problem before it becomes serious. That means less pain and lower out-of-pocket costs for you in the long run.
So how many times a year should you visit the dentist for a teeth cleaning and checkup? Honestly, it depends on your oral hygiene habits and other medical conditions
, but a general rule of thumb is to visit the dentist twice a year. If you’re a smoker, a pregnant woman, have diabetes or another medical condition, or if you’ve been identified as a person that’s at risk for dental problems, it may be better for you to visit the dentist more often. If you’ve visited the dentist regularly for several years without any problems, your dentist may decide to increase the amount of time between your visits. Children should start visiting the dentist for a happy visit as soon as their first primary tooth comes in
, which is usually by their first birthday, and begin routine exams and teeth cleanings starting at age 3.
Normally at a checkup, patients can expect a thorough teeth cleaning (removal of tartar, flossing and polishing of the teeth). Some dentists may also choose to take x-rays of your teeth. Here at Elevate Dental Wellness, we take dental checkups and cleanings a bit further with a focus on biological dentistry, also known as natural or holistic dentistry. You can expect:
- A comprehensive review of your medical and dental histories to ensure that we know of any conditions, allergies, or issues that could cause problems to your dental and overall health.
- Digital x-rays, which are taken based on a frequency of your past and current dental health. If you’ve been visiting the dentist regularly and haven’t been experiencing problems, you may not need x-rays every year.
- A thorough examination of all the gums and soft tissues in your mouth, which can help identify an early warning signs of inflammatory diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease.
- An examination of the muscles and joints of the chewing system, as well as each individual tooth the ensure they are functioning properly.
- An oral cancer examination in which we visually inspect all of the tissues of your mouth for abnormalities.
- A thorough teeth cleaning, including the removal of plaque, calculus, and stain. Not only does this improve the look of your teeth, it removes all of the build-up that is associated with tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- A discussion about your oral health, and any questions or concerns you may have on the oral/systemic connection. You may notice things in your everyday life might not come up in a dental cleaning and checkup. This is your chance to get answers!
- Recommendations for helping you achieve your highest state of health. Your past, present, and future dental treatment and care have a big impact on your overall health, and we want to make sure that you’re as healthy as you can be.
Today’s dentists know that a healthy patient does more than just brush their teeth. They’re proactive in their dental health, receiving regular checkups and cleanings, and visiting the dentist immediately if they are experiencing pain or discomfort. Your overall health is very important to us, and our goal is to help you achieve total health and wellness. If you’d like to learn more about dental cleanings or other preventive dentistry services
at Elevate Dental Wellness, you can schedule a visit by calling us at 970-279-5647, or visiting us online at elevatewillits.com