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Most patients see their dentist about two times a year. But that number can change depending on other circumstances. Optimally, performing an exam every six months can give the dentist a chance to find cavities before they become painful or in need of extraction and evaluate whether there is a need for cleaning. The General Dentist in Staten Island agrees with the ADA, which recommends that the number of visits be determined by the patient’s oral health and history to ensure the best results in preventive general dentistry.

What led to that recommendation?

The ADA based their recommendation on a study published by the Journal of Dental Research which looked at different groups of patients over time and explored the link between tooth loss and frequency of preventive dental visits. The different groups included those with a predisposition for developing gum disease periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss and those with none of those factors.

The factors included smoking, diabetes, and other medical conditions. Those with a predisposition to periodontitis did require more cleanings in a year than the other group seeing a General Dentist for preventive dental care. Although this study only focused on one dental problem, it does show that some factors can make instituting a hard and fast rule on the best number of visits difficult to determine.

The Best Way to Proceed

The participation of the patient with the General Dentist is necessary when designing their yearly dental health plan schedule. For instance, a patient may know that a family member developed this gum disease and the dentist should be made aware of this. Other factors from the patient’s medical and dental history will also need to be discussed. You can take your first step in customizing your dental health plan by contacting Drs. Galligan and Villa today.