The best practice based on scientific findings is to schedule two routine visits each year in order to prevent decay and maintain optimal oral health. Your dentist may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and so on.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I floss every day?
- Do I brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and follow my dentist’s instructions on how to brush properly?
- Do my gums bleed when I clean my teeth? Are they tender, swollen or red?
- Do I have a history of cavities or gum disease?
- Do I eat a well-balanced diet, including food from all food groups, and limit sweets and sticky foods?
- Do I smoke?
- Is my overall health good?
- Is my stress level high?
- Do I have systemic diseases including diabetes, or a weakened immune system?
- Am I pregnant or using oral contraceptives (increased risk of gum disease)
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