How Often Do I Have to Go to the Dentist?

Welcome to Kruckman Family Dentistry! We are located in Waconia, but we are happy to serve the residents of Victoria, St. Bonifacius, Mayer, Norwood, and Cologne. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

You may have heard some of your closest friends and family tell you that they haven’t been to the dentist in years and that their teeth feel fine. While this may be the case, that doesn’t mean that their teeth are healthy or that you should also skip the dentist for years at a time. If you are curious how often you should go to the dentist, we are here to answer your question and tell you exactly why.

Set Standards

Decades ago, when men were examined as they entered the military, people began to realize that Americans had some pretty bad teeth. In fact, most dentists at the time were more focused on fixing problems than preventing them in the first place. After much discussion, the dental and health organizations decided that they needed to set some recommendations. They decided that going to the dentist twice per year for a cleaning and a checkup was best This would allow cavities and gum disease to be more easily prevented.

Is Twice per Year Enough?

For some people, yes. If you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, then you should have healthy teeth. However, some people with dental issues do not see them or feel them until it may be too late to repair the damage. They may end up needing dental surgery or tooth extraction.

Who Needs to Go in More Often?

There are people out there who should probably go see their dentists for checkups and cleanings closer to three or four times a year instead of just two. Smokers, women who are pregnant, diabetics, those with gum disease, those with a weak immune system, or those who tend to get cavities or plaque buildup frequently should consider coming in much more often than just twice a year. All of these can cause your teeth to weaken and become damaged in fewer than six months.

Of course, others may benefit from coming in more frequently than just twice each year. If you are going through intense stress or illness, you may need to see your dentist more. These conditions can often make any situation you are having with your teeth worse.

Contact Us

You can always feel free to ask us how frequently we feel you should come in for a visit. We can examine your teeth and current status of your gums to determine what the best schedule is for your oral health. After your cleaning and checkup, we will discuss the best course of action for your next appointment, whether that is just another cleaning, a cavity filling, or even dental surgery. Make sure to call Kruckman Family Dentistry in Waconia today to learn more about our services and how we may be able to help you. Call now to schedule your appointment! Again, we are proud to serve the residents of Victoria, St. Bonifacius, Mayer, Norwood, and Cologne, so stop in and see us soon.