Another year, another dental checkup. The average person is sitting in the dentist’s chair annually. However, what some people may not know is that a yearly cleaning and dental checkup may not be enough. The frequency of dentist visits necessary will differ based upon a person’s habits and health history.
Oral Health and Overall Health
The mouth is an entry way into the body; oral problems can lead to other serious issues or diseases involving the heart, brain, bones, and blood pressure. This is why it is important to have healthy hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing daily and seeing the dentist at least every six months.
Anyone who is prone to certain risks and diseases should be getting routine dental checkups every three to four months.
Some High-Risk Patients May Include:
- Pregnant women
- Gum disease patients
- Patients who have a weak immune response to bacterial infections
- Patients who get cavities or plaque build-up often
These patients are at high risk for future problems such as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums, a form of gum disease), which can lead to:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Premature birth
All it takes are regular checkups at the dental office and healthy hygiene habits to prevent some serious health issues.
When Should I Call My Dentist?
The frequency of dental visits needed to keep you and your mouth healthy will change throughout your lifetime depending on your habits, age, stress, and illnesses. Your dentist can recommend the ideal frequency of dental visits for you.
Any noticeable changes in the mouth should be checked out by a dental professional. In a dental emergency, it is important for a patient to seek immediate attention. Patients should make an appointment if they have a toothache, teeth that have fallen out, mouth pain, or a chipped tooth.
A bright, beautiful smile could improve a person’s look cosmetically and also be the gateway to better health overall.
If you are due for a checkup, Dr. Sands can help improve your oral hygiene. Contact his office to schedule a consultation by calling (310) 273-0111 or by filling out our online contact form.