Should everyone see the dentist twice a year?
For over fifty years the general rule of thumb has been that people should see the dentist twice a year, but what if your dentist recommends more frequent visits? Although that may work fine for many people, depending on lifestyle or medical conditions, there is a significant number of people who should actually see their dentist more frequently.
Some conditions or circumstances that may result in the need for more frequent dental visits include:
- Periodontal Disease
- Heart Disease
- CVD, stroke or trans-exchemic attack
- Limited use of hands and/or arms (arthritis or other limiting factors)
- Weakened immune responses and/or immunosuppressed diseases
- Tobacco users (smoking and/or chewing)
- E-cigarette users (vaping)
- People who are prone to cavities or plaque build-up
- People who do not keep up with their dental hygiene very well
- When medications contribute to dry mouth
What about the cost?
It is possible that your dental insurance may not cover the additional dental visits necessary to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. However, it can be worth the additional out-of-pocket expense, particularly if unexpected dental issues can be prevented or minimized.
Has it been more than six months since you’ve seen a dentist? Or, if you have any of the above conditions, has it been more than 3 months? If so, and if you are searching for a good, thorough, caring dentist, we have four great dentists to choose from. Call us any time at 865-531-7177 or click here to request an appointment.