Why is Six Months Between Visits to our Office the Optimal Amount of Time?
Posted on 8/23/2018 by Dr. Pickens
Why should you come see us every six months? Many people have asked this question, especially those who brush and floss regularly.
They may not think they need to have cleanings and exams twice a year. Why is it every six months instead of every four or every eight? Did a dentist years ago make up this arbitrary rule?
Six Months Is Enough Time for Things to Change…
Your oral health rarely changes overnight unless you're in an accident. Instead, things such as cavities or gum disease slowly develop over time. If we don't see any signs of a problem at your appointment, that may still be the case in another month or two. Six months is a good time period to go between exams because it gives enough time for things to change and develop.
…But Not Enough Time for Things to Get Serious
If we waited an entire year between exams, though, some issues may go from "developed enough to diagnose and treat" to "severe problem that may require extreme measures." Six months is the sweet spot that gives things enough time to change, but still allows us to handle issues before they get really bad. This can save you a lot of pain and money. It can also even save your teeth!
It Stop Plaque
Plaque can build up on your teeth and gums and really start to damage your mouth. The bacteria in this plaque can cause a number of issues, including tartar and gum disease. When that occurs, you need to see us to get rid of it. No matter how much you brush, it's very hard to get rid of tartar. A cleaning every six months will help to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
So don't put off your six month visits! Call us today to schedule your next regular cleaning.