The average American does not visit the dentist frequently enough. Everyone has a busy schedule and people seem to put off the dentist, despite the fact it is a necessary part of maintaining good oral hygiene and healthy teeth.
Although American still do not visit the dentist as often as they should, the situation has shown some progress over the past few decades. According to the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health Interview Survey, the average number of dental visits for each person over the age of 2 during the 1964 was 1.6. The most recent statistics in 1989 revealed that Americans were visiting the dentist 2.1 times each year. The latest data from the American Dental Association showed that per patient visits between the years of 1990 and 1994 were 3.4 per year.
When you consider that routine checkups add up to two appointments per year and routine dental cleanings add up to two appointment per year, that would mean that the average person should visit the dental office at least 4 times each year. Consider that dental work, such as fillings, scrapings or other maintenance may need to be done as a result of a dental checkup. Clearly the statistics reveal that people are not going to the dentist as often as they should when you consider the circumstances.
Avoid advanced dental decay and gum disease by visiting your dentist at least twice a year and getting routine dental cleanings – your future oral health depends on it.