How Often Should I See The Dentist?

General and preventive dental care are absolutely essential for maintaining your oral health in Sorrento Valley. But how often should you see a dentist in San Diego, such as Dr. Victor Tran? In this blog from Origin Dental, we’ll discuss everything you need to know, so read on and get the answers you need.

6 Month Visits Are Recommended, But Some Patients Need More Frequent Care

For decades, the ADA and other dental associations have recommended that patients see a dentist for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months, and that’s our recommendation at Origin Dental. 

However, there are some circumstances in which you may need more frequent visits to Origin Dental. Patients with gum disease, for example, may need a periodontal maintenance cleaning every 3 months, or people who are at a high risk of cavities may need to have their teeth cleaned and examined every 3 months. 

At your first appointment with Origin Dental, Dr. Tran can assess your oral health and recommend the proper appointment interval for your needs.

The Benefits Of 6 Month Preventive Visits To The Dentist

Seeing the dentist every six months helps you catch potential oral health issues early, avoid further complications, and save time and money.

For example, Dr. Victor Tran may find that you have a very small cavity, and then be able to treat the issue with a filling. If this issue is left unaddressed, the cavity could get worse, requiring a crown or even a root canal.

You’ll also get peace of mind, knowing that your mouth is healthy and free of common oral diseases like tooth decay and gum disease. 

What To Expect From Your Routine Dental Visit At Origin Dental 

Not sure what’s involved in a routine six-month dental visit at Origin Dental? Here’s a brief overview of the process.

  • Professional teeth cleaning – Your dental hygienist will perform a brief oral exam, then clean plaque and tartar away from your teeth. After this, your teeth will be buffed with a high-powered brush and then they will be flossed to remove any remaining bacteria, food debris, and other particles.
  • Comprehensive oral exam – Dr. Tran will perform a comprehensive oral exam to look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other common oral health issues.
  • X-rays – X-rays are usually taken at your first appointment with Origin Dental, and then taken every 2-3 years afterward, unless Dr. Tran recommends x-rays to diagnose a potential oral health issue.
  • Preventive treatments – Depending on your oral health, Dr. Tran may recommend further preventive treatments like dental sealants or fluoride treatments. 

Contact Origin Dental For Preventive Care In San Diego 

Whether you’re in La Jolla, UTC, Sorrento Valley, or anywhere else in San Diego, Dr. Victor Tran and the team at Origin Dental are here to help you get the preventive care you need for a healthy mouth. To schedule your next appointment, just contact us online or give us a call at (858) 264-2555.

Enjoy a pain-free visit with sedation dentistry.

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