PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY - Dental Checkups
A frequently asked question when it comes to dental hygiene and health is how many times a patient should visit a dentist for a check up. A good rule of thumb is twice a year – this allows the dentists at Barrington Dental Care™ to keep track of your oral health progress and efficiently monitor the state of your teeth, jaw, tongue, and gums. Twice a year is especially important for children, as their bodies are growing and their oral health may deteriorate more rapidly than that of adults. Additionally, children should be getting biannual fluoride treatments to keep their teeth healthy and strong.
For some individuals, however, it might be more prudent to get the check done more often. There are certain lifestyles and illnesses that precipitate greater need for vigilance when it comes to oral hygiene, including tobacco and alcohol use, pregnancy, diabetes, gum disease, and any sort of ongoing oral health malady.
Dental check ups are necessary because only a dentist can properly evaluate the health of your mouth. Having problems with your teeth is no doubt painful, but problems with your teeth and gums can also lead to greater health concerns, including heart disease. Having strong and healthy teeth is a sign of having a healthy body. A vigilant dentist can often pick up on symptoms of diabetes and other diseases that seem like they would be insignificant in terms of oral health before doctors can.
Moreover, if you would like to maintain a healthy smile, it’s important to take care of it. Most insurance plans cover two visits to a dentist per year as part of regular preventative care. Be sure to talk with both your insurance provider and your dentist to create a dental health regimen that is right for you and your family.