How Often Should I See The Dentist?

Even if you have a great at-home dental care routine, seeing a dentist like Dr. Alex Cox for regular appointments is important. But how often do you really need to see a dentist in Scarsdale, and what happens if you don’t get regular dental appointments?

Patients Are Recommended To Visit The Dentist Every Six Months For Preventive Care 

The ADA and all other major dental associations recommend that patients see a dentist for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months, and this is also our recommendation at Scarsdale Smiles. There are a number of reasons why six-month appointments are the best option.

  • Prevent and identify common oral health issues – Dr. Cox can look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, and take action to ensure your smile is not negatively affected by these issues. He can also look for signs of more rare oral health conditions, such as cancer.
  • Avoid additional treatments – If you get regular dental exams, Dr. Cox may be able to identify problems like cavities before they require additional treatments, such as a dental filling. This helps you save time and money.
  • Track your dental health over time – As you continue to come to our office, Dr. Cox can learn more about your teeth and your gums, and track your oral health over time. This allows you to get personalized care for better outcomes.
  • Get peace of mind – After each appointment, you’ll know that your smile is strong and healthy. And, in the event that there is something wrong, Dr. Cox will work with you to resolve your oral health issue right away, restoring your smile.

What Happens If I Don’t See The Dentist Every Six Months? 

If you maintain a good at-home oral care routine, it’s unlikely that your teeth will start to decay or that you’ll immediately get gum disease if you don’t see the dentist consistently every six months. 

However, your risk of both cavities and gum disease will be increased, and you may start to develop serious oral health problems without even realizing it. 

These kinds of oral health issues are very gradual, and usually do not cause any pain or discomfort until they’ve caused serious damage to your gums or teeth. That’s why preventive care is the best way to avoid gum disease and cavities.

In addition, your teeth may start to look more yellow and stained. Frequent visits to the dentist for a teeth cleaning allows your dentist to scrape away plaque and tartar, which often pick up stains and discolor your smile. Regular visits help keep your smile bright and beautiful. 

See Dr. Cox Today – And Take Control Of Your Oral Health! 

With consistent six-month appointments at Scarsdale Smiles, you can learn more about your oral health, take better care of your mouth, and avoid problems like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. So don’t wait. If you’re overdue for an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at (914) 723-1186 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alex Cox right away.