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By Franklin Dental
June 07, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Visits  

Dental VisitsDiscover the benefits of routine dental checkups.

Maintaining a healthy smile isn’t something you can do all on your own. Sure, you can certainly brush and floss regularly, and eat a balanced diet that supports healthy teeth and gums; however, even the healthiest individuals still need to our Franklin, WI, dentist, Dr. John Olsen, for care. So, how often should you come in for dental cleanings? The answer might surprise you.

The rule, as it stands today, is that healthy individuals should make an effort to visit their general dentist in Franklin twice a year (about every six months). This is the best way to clean teeth and check for common problems such as cavities and gum disease, which can be completely prevented with the proper care. Of course, some people may be able to get away with visiting the dentist only once a year, but that’s something to discuss with us before you decide to transition into once-a-year dental care.

So, why are these visits so important? Well, your dentist has been trained to spot things that you don’t see. Remember, not all dental issues present with symptoms so you could have active decay or gum disease and not even know it. And, as we all know, these problems don’t go away without treatment, so the sooner we catch these issues the sooner we can address it and the easier treatment will be.

Of course, there are certain circumstances that will warrant needing to come in more than twice a year. This includes people who are at a higher risk for developing dental problems. This means that you might have to come in every 3-4 months instead of twice a year to get routine checkups and cleanings. What makes someone high risk for dental problems?

  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Pregnancy
  • Active gum disease
  • A weakened immune system
  • Diabetes

Also, those who tend to deal with cavities often or have an unusual increase in plaque buildup should come in more regularly to remove plaque and tartar to prevent cavities and gum disease from occurring.

Of course, our mouths change throughout our lives. So, just because you may have to come in every 3-4 months at some point in your life doesn’t mean that you’ll have to for the rest of your life. Once the risk is reduced you can go back to six-month checkups again.

Here at Franklin Dental, our team wants to make sure you and your family get the care you need when you walk through our doors. No matter whether you need to schedule your routine cleaning or you have questions about other dental services we offer, call us today to learn more.


Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)


He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.


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