By Dow Dental
August 17, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   Dental Visits  

Dentist VisitFind out why routine dental checkups are important for everyone.

Visiting your dentist should be a part of your routine by now. However, if there is a reason you haven’t been visiting the dentist regularly, it’s important that you understand why you shouldn’t just ignore these routine check-ups even if you think your teeth and gums are healthy. So, how often should you visit our Springfield, OR, dentists, Drs. Douglas and Coleman Dow? Well, that depends…

When to See a Dentist Regularly

All healthy individuals should get dental cleanings and exams every six months (or twice a year). From the time a child turns 1 year old, they should start visiting a dentist in Springfield. After all, even young children can develop gum disease or cavities, and making sure they come in regularly for cleanings will help reduce their risk. So no matter if you are an incredible brusher or flosser, you experience a lot of plaque buildup or not or you have beautiful teeth, you will still need to see a dentist for routine checkups.

Of course, there are certain factors that may require you to visit the dentist more regularly (about every 3-4 months). This includes menopausal or pregnant women, as hormone fluctuations can also increase your risk for gum disease. Smokers are also at an increased risk for developing decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. By coming in for routine checkups we can detect these issues early on when they are much easier to treat and are less likely to cause serious complications.

Also, those who have active gum disease will need to come in more often for scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar buildup from the gums and the roots of the teeth).

When to See a Dentist Immediately

While these checkups every six months are designed to prevent issues from happening, it’s important that you recognize a dental emergency so that you know when to come in right away for treatment. Issues not to ignore include:

  • A toothache
  • Bleeding, swollen or tender gums
  • Fractured or cracked tooth
  • Partially dislodged tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Damaged dental restoration (e.g. filling or crown)
  • Broken braces

Dow Dental is dedicated to providing comprehensive and thorough dental care to families all over the Springfield, OR, area. If you need to schedule an appointment for you or someone in your family don’t hesitate to reach out today.