How Often Should You Visit Your Dentist?

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Most people have been advised to visit their dentist twice a year. Others have been told once a year is enough to keep teeth and gums healthy. Some people go frequently over the course of a year. But how many times a year is actually necessary? According to a new study, that all depends.

The University of Michigan researchers determined that people at risk of gum disease need to visit their dentist more frequently than once a year. “Twice-yearly cleanings have been recommended for over 50 years without supporting evidence,” says study author William Giannobile, professor of dentistry and biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan. 

The study analyzed the connection between dental cleanings and long-term tooth loss in patients in addition to three primary risk factors for gum disease: diabetes, smoking and genetics. 

What the researchers discovered was that for people with more than one of the three risk factors, two annual dental cleanings have significant benefits. However, people with two or more risk factors require more than just two yearly cleanings and for those with no risk factors at all, one cleaning a year is just fine. 

If your smile is subpar, there is likely a solution. Talk to a cosmetic dentist about smile makeover treatments to restore the look of your teeth.

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