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.
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.
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