How often should I visit the dentist?

This is a very common question that we get in our office that is very specific to you and your mouth. In order to maintain a healthy mouth with good hygiene its important to figure out what things are working against us. For people without active periodontal disease and only mild gingivitis we usually recommend every 6 months coming in for a dental cleaning with x-rays being updated annually. With periodontal disease the time between dental visits should be significantly shorter. Periodontal disease can quickly lead to bone loss and support around a tooth and most often periodontal maintenance should be scheduled every 3 or 4 months. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes and medications that cause dry mouth will effect your healing and its especially important to maintain good oral health with regular check ups. For someone without teeth who wears a denture it is generally recommended annual dental visits to look at the fit of the denture and to check the soft tissues.

Summary Table of Recommendations

  • Gingivitis, healthy mouth – every 6 ¬†months
  • Periodontal Disease – every 3-4 months
  • Dentures – annual visits
  • Diabetes, dry mouth, and other systemic conditions will increase recommended frequency.

At the first visit in our office right here in Butte, Montana we go through a screening process and discuss your medical history, dental history, gum tissue health, and set up a schedule that will help maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Call us today to get started on the right path to keeping your mouth healthy! (406)494-1316

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