Brushing and flossing are an important part of your oral hygiene regimen, but they are not sufficient to maintain optimal levels of oral health. You will also need to visit the dentist for regular checkups and professional teeth cleanings. These dental visits are the most important preventative measure you can take to reduce your risk of serious oral health conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. During your teeth cleanings, Dr. Donald Wilcox will remove any plaque and tartar built up on your teeth and gums which you were unable to remove by brushing and flossing. He will also check for any signs of oral health conditions which may need to be treated. By catching these issues in their early stages, Dr. Wilcox will be able to recommend a conservative treatment plan that will preserve more of your natural tooth structure and keep your costs to a minimum. In most instances, you should plan on visiting the dentist twice a year for regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings. However, recent research has found that for some people, this twice-a-year schedule isn’t necessarily ideal. A study published in The Journal of Dental Research in June 2013 found that the frequency of a person’s dentist visits should be based on their unique individual oral health needs. For most people, this will likely still be twice a year. However, for some individuals who are at very low risk of oral health issues, once a year may prove sufficient. Similarly, patients who are at higher risk for oral health conditions may need to visit the dentist more often than twice a year. The following factors may cause Dr. Wilcox to recommend more frequent visits to our Phoenix area dental office:
- Patients who currently suffer from gum disease
- Patients with oral cancer
- Individuals with a genetic predisposition to oral health problems
- Patients with diabetes
- Women who are pregnant
Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilcox. We proudly serve dental patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, Arizona.