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Fifty years ago, there were no official guidelines in the United States as to how often you should visit the dentist.
As such, the majority of Americans had terrible teeth and most dentistry focused on cure rather than prevention.
The message soon went around the nation that it was important to visit the dentist at least twice a year, not just when you have cavities and gum disease, because problems like this were preventable.
It is unclear where this advice originated. Some people believe it came from Pepsodent toothpaste ads.
Wherever it came from, this has proven to be a useful guideline for many Americans. On average, the country’s oral hygiene is a lot better today than it was 50 years ago.
Why visit the dentist twice a year
Even if your teeth and gums appear to be in excellent condition, you still need to pay regular visits to the dentist. Your dentist can check for and treat early signs of oral diseases with far more efficiency than you can.
An appointment once every six months is a good rule of thumb, but you may need to visit more if you’re at a high-risk of suffering from oral problems.
This high-risk group includes people who have already suffered from gum disease or frequently get cavities. Smokers, diabetics, and pregnant women may need to visit the dentist more often than the average person too.
If you take good care of your teeth and gums, your dentist may suggest that you don’t need to visit them as often as you have been. It’s best to ask your dentist what they think is the best schedule for your visits.
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