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How Often Should I Visit My Dentist?

Dentist VisitYou know that dental care is important for your smile and your overall well-being, too. But, just how often should you visit your dentist at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT? Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani say you should receive in-office preventive care as often as will keep you and your smile healthy. Learn about what happens at dental visits and how they foster great dental health.

The six-month rule

Commonly, dentists set-up routine cleaning and exam visits every six months for children through senior adults. While this may work for some people, it may not be frequent enough for others, particularly those who struggle with:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • A weakened immune system due to diabetes, cancer therapy or other ongoing health issue
  • A cigarette or smokeless tobacco habit

In addition, pregnant women definitely should see their Fairfield dentist twice during those important nine months. The American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists both maintain that expecting moms are prone to gum disease (pregnancy gingivitis), tooth decay and pregnancy tumors, non-cancerous cysts which appear between the teeth and can cause discomfort.

In short, you and your dentist should determine together the best schedule for your examinations and cleanings.

Emergency care

If you break a tooth, lose a filling or have an awful toothache, don't hesitate to call your dentist at Worthington Advanced Dentistry. You'll receive accurate, kind and immediate advice as to how to stabilize your condition, and if the situation warrants, you'll see Dr. Worthington or Dr. Chandwani as soon as possible. The American Dental Association encourages good communication between dentists and patients, and your team at Worthington Advanced Dentistry take emergency phone calls and visits seriously.

The routine visit

While it's routine in timing, it's far from ordinary. Your dentist and dental hygienist perform several preventive services which help reduce tooth decay and gum disease and also assess for oral cancer, poor dental bite, the condition of existing restorations and more.

A thorough hygienic cleaning removes the harmful plaque and tartar your toothbrush and floss miss at home. Plus, the results of your dental examination tell both you and your dentist what your smile may need in the future to stay as healthy and functional as possible.

On the calendar

Whether on your phone, your kitchen bulletin board or desk, your personal calendar should highlight your regular visits to Worthington Advanced Dentistry. To schedule your visit with us, please contact our friendly office team at (203) 256-8073.

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