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How Often Should I See a Dentist?

March 26, 2019
Posted By: Joel R. Koch, DDS Staff
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At Joel R. Koch, DDS, we follow guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Dentistry. These guidelines include seeing your dentist for exams and x-rays twice yearly and having a professional teeth cleaning every six months.

However, our top West Chester, OH dentist will determine how often you should visit our dental office based on your unique oral health profile. At Joel R. Koch, DDS, we take a customized approach to patient care, meaning the schedule that works well for your neighbor may not be the best schedule for your dental care. This includes dental cleaning recommendations based on exam findings and the best practices for your child under the children’s dentistry umbrella.

In other words, you may find yourself visiting the dentist more often if you have dental issues such as periodontal disease compared with another patient who does not. Likewise, your child may have to visit the dentist more often than others if he or she is prone to cavities or isn’t brushing and flossing effectively at home.

If you have specific questions about your dental health, or if you have not visited our West Chester, OH dental office in a while, please get in touch with us today at (513) 779-2200. We want to help you and your family maintain healthy smiles!

Meanwhile, we’ve collected our most frequently asked questions to better explain why you have to see the dentist on a specific timetable and a few reasons why seeing our West Chester, OH dentist and hygienist regularly is so important.

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How do I choose the best dentist in West Chester, OH?

You want a dentist who listens to your questions and addresses your specific concerns. At Joel R. Koch, DDS, our dentist always takes time to do both.

You also want a dentist who takes a proactive or preventive approach to dentistry, which is crucial to helping you and your family maintain your teeth and your smile for life.

Preventive dentistry includes but is not limited to:

  • Regular dental exams
  • Periodic digital x-rays
  • Regular teeth cleanings
  • Nightguards or mouthguards in the case of teeth grinding or sports activities

If seeing the dentist makes you or a family member nervous, you should also select a patient and compassionate dental team to oversee your care and relaxation. At Joel R. Koch, DDS, we are always patient, and each member of our team works hard to make you feel comfortable.

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Sometimes patients are not happy with the appearance of their smile and opt for cosmetic dentistry in West Chester, OH.  When choosing a dentist, it’s a good idea to select a dentist who offers preventive, general, and cosmetic dentistry options to make sure you and your family is covered in all situations.

Finally, you want a West Chester emergency dentist who is there for you and your family when these painful and scary situations arise. And remember that we keep you numb and out of pain while we address your dental care needs.

At Joel R. Koch, DDS, we offer comprehensive and well-rounded dental care, and we bring a wealth of experience to your smile when it comes to treating you and your family.

What can I expect from a dental exam?

Routine dental exams twice yearly allow our dentist to monitor your oral health and create specific treatment plans that meet your needs. Our general dentist in West Chester is also able to note the current condition of your teeth and gums and add to or create a new treatment plan based on what he finds.

During your exam, our dentist identifies problems early.

These problems may include:

  • A small or new cavity
  • Teeth wear or erosion from grinding or clenching
  • Periodontal disease
  • Early signs of oral cancer

If you’re new to Joel R. Koch, DDS, our dentist or staff spends time talking with you to learn about your expectations or previous dental and medical history.

Following this, Dr. Koch will complete a thorough exam that may include digital x-rays.

At the end of your appointment, Dr. Koch will discuss his findings and make recommendations for your continued oral health.  Digital x-rays help us see if any problems are developing deep inside your teeth.

Why do I have to see the dentist more often than my neighbor?

At Joel R. Koch, DDS, our dentist customizes each patient’s treatment plan based on their specific oral health profile. In other words, some patients have issues that require more dental visits and other patients have less.

Some patients may be prone to cavities, or x-rays may indicate a specific dental issue like pending wisdom teeth eruptions that needs to be monitored more closely.

If our dentist recommends an additional appointment, he will explain why this is necessary, and you can also ask any questions if you’re not sure.

What can I expect from a professional teeth cleaning?

Professional teeth cleanings are an important part of preventive dentistry. In fact, patients who have regular teeth cleanings have fewer incidences of cavities, dental infections, dental emergencies, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.

During your professional teeth cleaning, our hygienist will keep you comfortable. In fact, many patients find teeth cleaning relaxing because it is not painful.

While you relax, our hygienist clears away bacteria and tartar that your toothbrush and floss have missed or cannot adequately clear away.

Following this, our hygienist or even our dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment to help keep your teeth strong. Fluoride varnish means extra protection against cavities and decay.

Why is Joel R Koch, DDS recommending additional or special teeth cleanings?

Our hygienist may recommend additional teeth cleanings if you are prone to cavities or if you have the early symptoms of periodontal disease.

In some cases, specialized cleanings on a schedule are recommended if you do have periodontal disease.

This can mean professional teeth cleanings more often or specialized therapies like root planing or scaling—deep cleanings, treatments, and aid below the gumline.

At Joel R. Koch, DDS, it is our goal to save your teeth. When periodontal disease develops, additional visits and cleanings may be recommended.

Are digital x-rays safe and always necessary?

Digital x-rays are much safer than the x-rays offered during previous decades. Because they are digital, they do not require chemicals for development. This also makes them safer for the environment.

Periodic or regular dental x-rays are an important part of preventive dentistry. It helps our Westchester, OH dentist create custom treatment plans for you and your family’s oral health. Additionally, he is able to spot and treat potential issues before they arise into full blown problems.

Dental x-rays also keep track of your oral changes across visits and through the years.

What are the early signs of dental trouble or dental emergencies?

Preventive dentistry, including customized treatment plans and regular visits to our West Chester, OH dental office go a long way toward preventing dental trouble and dental emergencies.

However, the early signs that there may be something wrong include:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Periodic pain in the jaw or mouth
  • Sores in the mouth that don’t heal or are not caused by an accidental cheek bite
  • Shifting or loose teeth
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Bleeding gums, especially while brushing or flossing

Oral health changes can be subtle and unnoticeable at first, which is why it is important to visit our dental office regularly. For example, tooth sensitivity may indicate an underlying condition or even the beginning of a cavity.

Dental emergencies, unlike the early signs of dental trouble, are less subtle. Symptoms of a dental emergency may include one or more of the following:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Broken or lost tooth
  • Broken restoration
  • Fever

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Dental emergencies are often sudden, but our top emergency dentist in West Chester, OH is here to see you through. Never wait! If you think you have a dental emergency, contact our dental office immediately. If you’re unsure, contact us still. Our team can quickly assess your situation and make the best recommendation.

And remember, there are many reasons why you need to visit our dental office regularly. These include preventing emergencies and keeping your teeth healthy for life.

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