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As much as most Americans hate going to the dentist, it’s one of our teeth’s favorite times of the year. Regular trips to the dentist are often a mandatory thing throughout our childhood, but it’s common for us to fall off once we start to grow up.

It doesn’t matter how well you take care of your teeth or how healthy they are, dentist visits are necessary for everyone and anyone. When we neglect the dentist, we give up the opportunity of detecting oral concerns early on in the process. You could be left with a more strenuous treatment and recovery than expected.

Most dentists will suggest visiting the dentist every six months, which is a pretty standard timetable between visits. In some cases, more frequent trips will be recommended by your dentist if they feel your teeth are at an increased risk of damage.

Children vs. Adults

It’s true that some people will need to visit the dentist more or less frequently than others, depending on their current oral health. As far as children go, it won’t be much different. The standard frequency is every six months, unless noted otherwise by your family dentist.

Many families elect to go the same day for convenience reasons, but not every situation will call for that. This can help them feel a little more comfortable when going to the dentist and will help instill into their mind that the dentist is an important part of life that everyone must do.

One of the most common questions among new parents is when they should first take their children to the visit. Again, this will depend on certain factors, but it’s normally recommended to have their first visit by the age of two.

The Importance of Regular Dentist Visits

A regular dentist visit will be avoided as much as possible by the average American, but it isn’t doing your teeth or gums any good. In fact, it will only result in needing MORE dentist visits than usual.

There are plenty of benefits when you invest in regular dentist check-ups. Here are some of the most important benefits:

  • Detecting Cancer - There will be a variety of detectable signs that your dentist will look for when performing a check-up. They’ll be able to tell you when it’s time to seek extra help.
  • Managing Tooth Damage - When tooth damage is caught early, it makes the treatment easier when getting your teeth back to tip-top shape. This will include cavities, plaque, tartar, and tooth decay.
  • Gum Health - When tartar and plaque buildup in your mouth, it can cause gum disease and this is where the swelling, pain, or bleeding will occur. At this point, be ready for frequent dentist visits until they feel your teeth and gums are fully healed.

If it’s been a while since your last dentist visit, now is the perfect opportunity to request an appointment. At Great Neck Family Dentistry, we can’t wait to give your teeth and gums the health it deserves.

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Never been happier with a dentist before! The professionalism, individual care, sparkling clean office, and the range of services are amazing. Highly recommended! 

-Dave K., From a Yelp Review
Merrick, NY