Reconsidering the Number of Required Dental Checkups

However, according to a new study patients with certain risk factors will need more than two checkups, and no risk patients can go only with one prophylactic checkup per year. Especially in the case of patients with a very high risk for developing periodontal disease, twice a year checkups are not enough.

A study which has been published earlier this week in the Journal of Dental Research reveals that about 65 million people across the US actually struggle with some form of gum inflammation which can easily lead to gum disease, and later on the patient can lose teeth permanently. Therefore, the study highlights that the number of yearly dental checkups should be custom tailored to the needs and health issues of each patient.

Also, reputable periodontist and oral biology professor Dr. Robert J. Genco says that patients with no risk for developing gum disease should not even go twice a year for dental checkup. He says that one preventative dental checkup is enough, and this number of visits should be increased only when certain risk factors arise.

With regular dental checkups, the risk for tooth loss is considerably reduced. Getting treatment for gums inflammation or gingivitis will hinder the apparition/progression of gum disease. Not everyone needs twice a year dental checkups:

- patients with multiple gum disease risk factors need more than two checkups

- no-risk or low risk patients should stick to one prophylactic dental checkup per year, and getting all the necessary treatments in time

Dentistry should become much more personalized, in the sense that dental treatment should be tailored to the individual needs of each patient. The twice a year checkups, and regular cleanings are much too generalized, but as you can note risk factors play an extremely important role in the number of checkups a patient should get per year.

The first signs of gum disease- which also suggest that you need to schedule dental appointments more often from now on (every 3 or 4 moths):

- you noticed that your gums start bleeding extremely easily- while you are brushing your teeth, and sometimes even when you consume certain crunchy foods your gums bleed slightly

- test yourself in the mirror- if your gums are more reddish than the natural pinkish color, you are exposed to the risk of gum complications

- your gums are swollen and feel tender

- you have noticed that more of the tooth is exposed because the gums are slightly receding- this is a huge risk factor for gum disease

- you struggle with a constant bad taste in your mouth, and bad breath- this might be caused by the infection

-some of your teeth feel loose

-your dentures or partials do not seem to fit like they used to

If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs, talk immediately to your dentist. He will prescribe the correct course of treatment, and then you can restore good dental health. High risk patients, or those who already experience the first signs of gum disease will need to go through special treatments, and they also need to respect a special dental regime at home.

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