Why can’t I visit my dentist just once a year?

During my 19 years as a practicing dentist, I get several questions daily regarding dental treatment, dental regiments, routines etc. Many of the questions are excellent questions. With that in mind, I’ve decided to turn actual patient’s questions into blogs.

[quote]Dr. Pierson, “Why do I have to visit the dentist every 6 months? And why can’t I visit just once a year?”[/quote]

As a patient you have the right to pick and choose when you visit the dentist. If you want to visit once a year, you can. A once a year dental visit is not recommended and here’s why. What happens during a tooth cleaning is the removal of plaque and tartar. Everyone has heard this a thousand times. But what is also happening is the removal of harmful bacteria that causes gum disease, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes and a host of other medical/dental problems. If the mouth is the gateway to the body, you can’t have a healthy body without a healthy mouth”. The ideal of time to visit your dentist for cleanings is “Every 3 months”. Why, because the harmful bacteria re-organizes, and regroups in 90 days, or 3 months. So to keep teeth truly healthy you should visit your dentist every 3 months. Diabetic patients are more likely to develop gum disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications. Diabetic patients should maintain 3 months visits. Dental visits every 3 months is usually NOT covered by most dental insurances, so you have to make a determination on how healthy you want to be.

If you have a dental question, email me at pdastaff@gmail.com, and “Ask Dr. Pierson”. Your question may be the next blog.

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