According to state by state numbers recently released by Gallup, 64.6 percent of Californian adults report visiting the dentist at least once in the last twelve months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. This number is just about even with the national average of 64.7 percent, but well below the top quintile average of 72.5 percent.
While California is in line with the national average for maintaining dental health, the practices of adults in our state are far from ideal. Sadly, the less attention paid to preventive dental care, the higher the risk of issues such as gum disease and tooth decay – ultimately allowing skipped visits to result in lost teeth and other serious concerns.
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
Hayward family dentist Dr. Gary Fong recommends visiting our office every six months to maintain optimal oral health. Visits at this frequency help us keep your teeth their whitest and most attractive, while also allowing us to detect small issues before they present serious problems.
When caught early on and dealt with swiftly, oral health issues can often be entirely reversed. Unfortunately, when care is avoided, even small issues can cause big problems for both your dental and systemic health.
If you have not visited the dentist in the past six months, please contact Gary G. Fong, DDS to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Fong provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to people living in Hayward and surrounding areas of California.