how often to visit dentist

How often do I need to go to the Dentist?

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Has it been a while since you visited the dentist? You’re not alone! Many people only show up to our Erie dental office when they are in pain or need emergency dental care. But, we’d like you to learn how routine dental visits actually helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums. You might be wondering how often do you really need to go to the dentist? Laser Dentistry of Erie is here to answer this question and share the why behind our answer.

For decades, going to the dentist was something you did when you needed treatment, like for a toothache. Dentists didn’t really practice prevention in the sense that we do now. Eventually, dental and health organizations decided to set standards and recommendations to help prevent the need for extensive dental care. Just like exercising and eating healthy helps prevent various health ailments, preventive dental care helps you avoid costly dental repairs down the road. 

Is going to the dentist twice a year enough?

In some cases, yes, twice a year is enough to maintain good oral health. Especially if you practice a diligent oral hygiene routine of brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. But, if you don’t take good care of your teeth at home, you might end up with dental problems that require extensive repairs or even an extraction.  

Who should go more often?

Smokers, pregnant women, diabetics, or those with gum disease may need to go to the dentist more often, as much as three to four times a year. Gum disease affects about half of adults in the U.S., and while it cannot be cured, it can be managed with proper dental treatments. Gum disease treatment or scaling and root planing may be needed once every few months. Also, patients with a weakened immune system or those that tend to get cavities often may benefit from frequent dental cleanings. If you are planning an extended trip, you might want to consider dropping in for a scheduled checkup to be sure everything is in tiptop shape, even if you were just in the office for a cleaning a couple of months ago. This also helps you avoid experiencing a dental emergency while out of town.

Why good oral hygiene matters

Good oral hygiene is essential at every age. Children should receive their first dental visit by the time they are one year old or when their first tooth erupts. Proper oral hygiene should start during infancy by wiping your baby’s gums clean with a warm washcloth. Begin brushing your child’s teeth when they begin emerging from the gum line. Children whose teeth touch should learn proper flossing techniques. These oral hygiene habits should continue through adulthood.

Family Dentist in Erie

If you would like to learn more about our program of family dentistry, or ways to protect your oral health, please contact Laser Dentistry of Erie by calling (814) 825-2615 or visit us online to schedule an appointment today. At Laser Dentistry of Erie, we love to serve members of the surrounding communities of Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek.