Dental VisitsWhat is the magic number when it comes to how often you should see your Wheaton, IL, dentist?

It is that time again: It’s time for a dental cleaning. Of course, if you don’t remember the last time you saw a dentist this could be a serious issue. After all, dental cleanings are the best way to protect your teeth and gums from problems. Our Wheaton, IL, family dentists Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling can help you maintain a healthy smile.

So, just how often should you be visiting the dentist for routine dental cleanings and exams? The simple answer is twice a year, or every six months; however, there are certain factors that can affect this rule, so it’s important to understand if you might be able to get away with visiting the dentist less often or whether you may need dental cleanings more regularly.

By and large, a healthy individual who has healthy gums and doesn’t have an increased risk for decay can get away with visiting the dentist twice a year. If you’ve never had a cavity and your teeth and gums look healthy, your dentist may even say that you can get away with cleanings once a year; however, this is something to discuss with your Wheaton, IL, general dentist beforehand to make sure this is the best option for your oral health.

Everyone from one year olds to centenarians must see their dentist to get the proper cleaning and care they need during these routine checkups. They may not seem like they are that important but they truly are. In fact, these professional cleanings and exams are really the only way to catch problems early on when they are easier to treat. It can also prevent dental problems from happening by removing plaque and tartar buildup, the two culprits responsible for cavities and gum disease.

Of course, there are certain factors that could put you at an increased risk for cavities or other dental issues and it’s important that you understand these risks so you can talk to us about coming in more often for cleanings (every 3-4 months). These patients include those who have had many cavities in the past, as well as those with active gum disease.

Smokers and heavy drinkers would also do well to come in more often for cleanings to reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease while also looking for warning signs of oral cancer. Women who are pregnant or going through menopause may also be at an increased risk for gum disease due to changes in hormones.

Is it high time you scheduled your dental cleaning in Wheaton, IL? Everyone can benefit from routine dental care and it could just end up saving your smile. Call us today to schedule a cleaning for you or a family member.

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