Going to see a dentist every 3 months?

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    Why do some people have to see the dentist every 3 months instead of 6 months?
     
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    honestdoc Verified Dentist

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    Some people have severe gum disease where the gums have severe inflammation damaging the supporting bone. Their gums have deep pockets (deeper than 5 mm) that the toothbrush, floss, and waterpik device cannot reach leaving bacteria and contamination. In the US, many dental insurers may not cover 3 month visits so the patient may opt out in favor of 6 month recalls. Teeth loss from gum disease is a problem with some cases going through the US legal system (law suit). Once the gums become more stable with pockets of 4 mm and below, 6 month recalls may be fine.
     
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    Thanks can you sometimes have to go back in 3 mouths even if you don't have gum disease just wondering
     
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    honestdoc Verified Dentist

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    That would be your dentist's call.
     
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    If you have such poor communication with your dentist that you have not been told why you need so many visits, then you should consider changing practice. Your dentist should explain everything about your treatment and give you a treatment plan. If you don't have this communication then the relationship will not work.
     
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