Have you ever wondered why your dentist recommends you come back every six months? “Six months is the ideal period for most of our patients to come back and see us” says Dr. Yokeca Watts. “This time frame really gives us the best chance to observe changes and spot potential issues that might arise further down the road.”
And while visiting the dentist twice per year is recommended, there are times when a patient may need to be seen more frequently. “The six-month period is a general recommendation. However, each patient is different. If we spot an issue developing that might become a bigger problem within the next few months, we can schedule the patient to come back sooner. That way, if there is any additional procedures that need to be done, the treatment is minimized.”
Of course, while we want to see you at least twice per year, there’s no substitution for a good dental hygiene routine at home. “Most visits to our office are completed within an hour. That means the bulk of preventative care is done at home. Our patients do receive a thorough cleaning while they’re here, but that’s not an excuse to not brush and floss twice a day. We want to see our patients and make sure everything is healthy and developing correctly, and that starts and continues at home.”
Having a healthy smile makes for a happy child! If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or need to schedule an appointment, please contact our office for more information.