Recently, the American Dental Association (ADA) changed its recommendation for how often patients should visit their dentist. The decision was reached based on results from the “Patient Stratification for Preventative Care in Dentistry” Study, published in the June 10 issue of the Journal of Dental Research. The new recommendation is for dentists to tailor the frequency of dental visits based on an individual’s personal health status and history.

The Study, conducted at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, found a connection between loss of teeth and how often adult patients visited the dentist. Results suggests that those patients at high risk for periodontal disease benefit from more frequent cleanings. Patients with low risks can maintain oral health through a single cleaning every year. The ADA suggests the patient consult his/her dentist to identify the presence of risk factors and, based on these findings, agree on the optimal interval between visits.

by Jennifer Schau DDS

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