How Often Do you Have to See Your Dentist?

Dr. Parvin Carter

For decades, dentists have urged all adults to schedule preventive visits every six months. Almost half of adults age 30 and older, about 65 million, have a form of chronic inflammatory gum disease that can ultimately lead to tooth loss. A New study, published recently in The Journal of Dental Research, suggests that the frequency of dental visits for cleanings and other preventive services should be tailored to each person’s risk factors for periodontal disease.The study was partly financed by National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Robert J. Genco, a periodontist and SUNY distinguished professor of oral biology at the University at Buffalo, Said “They found if you had more than one risk factor, that maybe two visits isn’t optimal.”

The subjects, 5117 adults,  were classified as high risk if they smoked or had diabetes or certain variations in the interleukin-1 gene, which some studies have suggested may be linked to periodontal disease in white people*. Subjects were deemed low risk if they had none of these risks.

The researchers said that even two visits a year might not suffice to reduce tooth loss in patients with multiple risk factors.

“If you are high risk, it is much more important for you to be seen frequently, but for the low-risk people it’s not,” said Dr. William V. Giannobile, the study’s lead author and the chairman of the department of periodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement.Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 300 patients with Invisalign.

*Please see our blogs for relation between periodontal disease and other life threatening disease.

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