Now that kids are back in school, it’s time to schedule dental appointments for the entire family. Unfortunately, during the summer months, those important checkups with the doctor and the dentist tend to be neglected.
According to Colgate, fifty years ago the average American had teeth that were in bad shape. Back then, most families had no idea how often checkups should be scheduled. During the middle of the 20th century, dentists also tended to focus on fixing the dental problems instead of focusing on preventive dentistry.
The American Dental Association began to realize that it was important to set standards when it came to preventive dentistry recommending dental checkups and dental cleanings twice a year.
This rule of thumb remains, but according to modern dentistry, how often you see your dentist depends on your particular situation. If you are susceptible to tooth decay, have bleeding gums, smoke, practice poor dental hygiene or enjoy the sweet things in life, you may want to see your dentist more often.
Gum disease and periodontal disease is on the rise. People who are more likely to deal with receding gums include,
- Current gingivitis
- Weak immune systems
- People who have a tendency to build up plaque
- People who are prone to tooth decay
Of course, as mentioned earlier, only your dentist knows how often you should see your dentist. Teens may need to schedule more appointments than adults do and vice versa.
Even if your teeth feel just fine, you still need to see your dentist on a regular basis. Tooth decay can develop under fillings, caps and crowns, which could cause serious problems if left undetected. Preventing tooth decay is imperative when it comes to keeping your body healthy. Recent research indicates that there is a direct correlation between a healthy body and a healthy mouth.
If you cannot remember the last time, you had a dental checkup, schedule an appointment with your dentist today. Remember, an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.