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How Often Should I Visit My Dentist? Does the Six-Month Rule Still Apply?

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry

3 minute read

Most people understand the importance of visiting their dentist regularly. After all, we were taught our entire lives that we should see our dentist for a check-up every six months to avoid severe problems with our teeth. 

However, is every six months still necessary? 

Woman getting her teeth checked at the dentist.

Why Does the Six-Month Visit Rule Exist?

Most insurance providers allow for coverage on dental visits twice a year. This is because insurance providers recognize that regular dental visits can save money in the long run, as dental problems can be caught early on. 

Teeth problems can arise quickly, so visiting the dentist every six months ensures that issues are caught and addressed early before they progress into more serious problems. 

At the very least, patients should visit their dentist at least twice a year.

Should Some People Visit the Dentist More Frequently?

The six-month rule is more of a guideline. It’s the minimum people should be doing, but more frequent dental visits will be necessary for some people. 

People prone to cavities, gum disease, or other teeth problems can benefit from seeing their dentist more regularly. Your dentist will likely tell you when they want to see you again at the end of your next appointment.

What Happens If You Don’t Visit the Dentist?

Not visiting the dentist regularly increases your risk of needing significant work done. Some of the common problems that can incur without regular dental visits are:

Severe Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, typically caused by eating sugary foods, can start small and worsen every six months. If left unaddressed, tooth decay can destroy the tooth and cause dental cavities and pain. In fact, if your tooth decay gets bad enough, you may have to opt for dental implants to address the issue. 

Dental implants are a permanent solution that restores the appearance and functionality of your teeth.

Plaque Buildup

The teeth can collect plaque if individuals don’t regularly brush and floss their teeth twice a day. As plaque accumulates, it can turn into tartar, which discolors the teeth. Regular dental cleanings clear away the layers of plaque, which helps to reduce teeth discoloration.

Gum Disease

Your dentist can spot gum disease before it becomes a significant issue. Gum disease can lead to red, swollen gums that make eating and drinking painful. Regular checkups can diagnose and treat gum disease before it worsens.

Book Your Dental Cleaning Today

Your dental health is a crucial part of your overall health. Schedule an appointment with Kevin B. Sands, DDS, today if you are due for a check-up. We’ll make sure your oral health is where it should be. Book today by calling (310) 273-0111 or fill out this form

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