There are those who are at greater risk for oral diseases and other health related issues that should have dental cleanings and oral health check-ups more than twice a year, such as, diabetes, periodontal (gum) disease, possible heart disease, pregnancies and in rare instances alcohol and tobacco users.
Poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check-ups. One of the real problems that has invaded oral healthcare are the restrictions placed on insurance coverage by insurers. You need to understand that insurance companies serve a self-interest in reducing the number to times you visit your dentist. More than not, our ability to be oral health care providers is hindered by what your insurance dictates. We recommend you try not to let what your insurance covers be your benchmark for your healthcare. It could result in expanded dentistry in the long run.
Going on a regular basis will help to keep your oral health on track as well as detect any early signs of periodontal disease, oral cancer or cavities. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis coupled with brushing your teeth, flossing and drinking fluoridated water.
And like I always say ‘the best toothbrush is the one you use’ and ‘brush the ones you want to keep’. So please, if we can help feel free to call us.
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328