Most dentists recommend visiting every six months for a routine cleaning. Have you ever wondered if you really need to go in that often? Why not every two months? Eight months? Two years? There are several indicators that determine how often you should visit the dentist:
How often you brush:
Not surprisingly, how often you brush your teeth influences how often you should visit the dentist. It is a good idea to brush teeth after meals and consumption of sugar-dense products.
How often you floss:
Flossing helps removes food particles in hard to reach places lowering risk of gum disease.
How much plaque build up you have:
Plaque build up contains millions of bacteria leading to increased risk of cavities and gum disease. If you want to measure how much plaque you’ve built up you can buy disclosing tablets on Amazon.
How much sugar you consume:
Consuming sugar leads to increased plaque build up and acidity which is directly linked to enamel decay.
How often you use tobacco products:
Use of tobacco products is directly linked to increased rates of gum disease and tooth decay.
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Other factors that can influence how often you should visit the dentist are;
If you have diabetes
Past history of having cavities
If you are pregnant
This is an example of the OneNumber process and how we think about problems systematically. In the case of dentistry, one size does not fit all. By asking the right questions we can create more personalized recommendations, saving patients money and time.
Disclaimer: This is only meant to be an example of how OneNumber works. Although we consulted dentists for this project, we aren’t medical professionals. Please check with your healthcare provider(s) before following our recommendations.
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