How Often Should I Visit My Dentist?

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
April 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

How many dental visits do you have scheduled this year? Redlands, CA, dentist Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts explains how frequently you dental visitsshould visit the dentist and discusses why regular visits are important.

Visiting every six months will help you protect your smile

Twice-yearly dental visits have been the standard for many years for a good reason. They're the key to both detecting and preventing cavities. Tooth decay can do a lot of damage to a tooth if it isn't caught early. The larger your cavity, the greater the change that a root canal or crown is in your future. When you visit our Redlands office every six months, we can detect cavities in their earliest stages. Treating cavities when they're small will keep your teeth stronger and help you avoid more complicated dental procedures.

Dental cleanings, an essential part of every dental checkup, also help you maintain a healthy smile. The cleanings remove plaque, the rough bacterial film that coats your teeth throughout the day. Plaque is dangerous because it combines with sugars in foods, creating strong acids that weaken your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Brushing gets rid of plaque, but you may still have some spots remaining on your teeth if they overlap or are crooked.

Our dental cleaning instruments remove plaque easily and also chip away tartar, the hard deposit that forms if plaque isn't removed. Tartar is very irritating to your sensitive gums and is a factor in gum disease. Fortunately, cleanings offer a simple way to get rid of plaque and tartar and reduce your cavity and gum disease risk.

Schedule a dental appointment if you notice any signs of trouble

Don't wait until your next dental checkup to report pain or other problems with your teeth. Call us to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms in between visits:

  • Pain in your tooth, gums, roots or jaw
  • A crack or large chip in your tooth
  • Bleeding or receding gums
  • A loose crown, bridge or veneer or poorly fitting dentures
  • A change in your bite or difficulty chewing
  • White or red patches or a lump in your gums or mouth
  • A discolored tooth
  • A loose or knocked out tooth after a blow to your mouth
  • Abscess symptoms, which may include severe pain, fever, swelling, pus around a tooth and swollen lymph nodes

Keep your pearly whites healthy and strong with regular dental visits. Call Redlands, CA, dentist Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts at (909) 793-9711 to schedule your next appointment.