Most of us have known for years that it has been recommended to see your dentist every six months. With research, this recommendation among others are often re-evaluated. We would like to share with you the latest recommendations presented by the American College of Prosthodontists online on December 29, 2015.
In this review and research, the evaluators consulted with experts presented to them through the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Hygienists Association. Together, they evaluated research and current methods for prevention. Through this, they presented recommendations for preventive visits and care through dentists, and they presented recommendations for patient home care. Through this, they evaluated each of these for patients with multiple fixed restorations (crowns and/or bridges}, and patients with removable appliances (dentures, partial dentures) that are either supported by natural teeth or dental implants.
To summarize this for you simply, the evaluators still recommend that these patients visit their dentist for preventive purposes at least every six months. During this preventive visit to their dentist, patients with multiple fixed restorations or with a removable appliance are recommended to have dispensed to them or available to them a prescription toothpaste containing 5000 ppm of fluoride, or an over-the-counter toothpaste containing 0.3% trioclosan like Crest Pro-Health or Colgate Total.
To summarize the home care recommendations, the evaluators affirmed that these patients brush at least two times daily. They also affirmed that patients should brush and clean their removable appliances at least twice daily. The evaluators also recommended that removable appliances NOT be worn over-night. They also affirmed the use of floss, inter-dental cleaners, occlusal guards when recommended, among other things.
It was noted that these recommendations will continue to be monitored. Over time there may be some changes. However, these are the posted recommendations at this time through these groups of experts.
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