Preventive Dentistry: How Often to Visit the Dentist and What to Do at Home

It happens. Life throws a lot at us all at times and it can be hard to fit yet another appointment into our busy schedules. But if you want to get your dental health back on track before you develop serious issues, this is how often you should visit the dentist and these are the things you should be doing at home. And no, it’s not quite as simple as going once or twice a year.

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist for Routine Appointments?

It used to be so simple – you visit the dentist twice a year for checkups. But it turns out, that was too simple. Yes, everyone should visit the dentist at least once a year – twice a year is preferable in most cases and even more frequent visits are strongly recommended for individuals with on-going dental issues.

Individuals with early gum disease should probably visit the dentist at least twice a year, but more times may be needed to protect the progress and keep the problem from devolving into periodontitis. Those with advanced gum disease, periodontitis, will certainly need to see the dentist several times a year.

There are other high-risk groups who may need several dental appointments throughout the year to keep the need for preventive dentistry from turn into the need for restorative dentistry.

What to Do at Home
The effort you put into your oral health at home minimizes the effort your dentist in Vicksburg, MS and their staff will have to put into your oral health in the office.

Here are basic preventive dental practices you should be performing at home, every day:

  • Brush twice a day for two to three minutes each time
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Rinse with an antiseptic oral cleanser, mouthwash, after brushing and flossing

These are long-term tips for strong dental hygiene at home:

  • Replace your toothbrush, or brush head for electric brushes, every three or four months
  • Visit your dentist annually and follow-up with more appointments if recommended
  • Ask your dentist about preventive dental services offered and take advantage of them

Continue the Conversation with a Dentist in Vicksburg, MS

Don’t let the conversation end here. Schedule an appointment with a dentist in Vicksburg MS to get a better idea about the state of your oral health, what problems you might someday encounter and what you can do now to avoid those potential issues.

The Orthodontic Treatment Options You Have at Our Office

You are no longer limited to metal braces when you need orthodontics to realign teeth. Our dentist at Nash Family Dentistry provides ClearCorrect braces to patients. This option is capable of correct a smile in as little as a few months, and there is much to learn about it.

What Are ClearCorrect Braces?

This treatment involves four phases. You are given a new set of aligners for each one. You receive a set of aligners that perfectly fit over your teeth. Each set of aligners is designed to move your teeth into the desired positions a little bit at a time. You should wear the aligners most of the time, only removing them when you need to eat or drink. Some patients will only need them for a few months while others may need to wear them for a year or two.

Who Can Wear ClearCorrect Braces?

Both teenagers and adults can wear these braces. They are not recommended for young children who may not have all of their permanent molars yet. Senior citizens often do not qualify either. ClearCorrect is great for correcting the following issues.

  • Crooked or rotated teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth

What Are the Benefits?

ClearCorrect braces are far more discreet than traditional braces. Each set is made out of clear plastic, so no one will be able to see them over your teeth. They are also removable. With metal braces, you always need them over your teeth, which limits the kinds of food you can eat. ClearCorrect also necessitates fewer trips to our dental office. You simply need to come back for a check-up once every six weeks.

Where Can You Get Them?

Dr. Kenneth Nash has given ClearCorrect to numerous patients over the years. You can be next. It all starts with a phone call to our office, so contact us at your earliest convenience.