HOW REGULARLY SHOULD I VISIT MY DENTIST?
Most patients should plan on seeing their dentist twice a year.
Depending on your oral hygiene routine and history, your dentist may schedule visits more or less often. For example, if you have no history of cavities or gum disease, you may be fine seeing your dentist only once a year. On the other hand, if you’re at high risk for developing dental problems, your dentist may want to see you more often.
AM I AT HIGH RISK FOR DENTAL DISEASE?
The following persons are at high risk for developing dental problems:
- Smokers and other tobacco users
- Pregnant women
- Persons who have diabetes
- Those with a history of gum disease
- Persons with a weak immune system
- Those with a poor oral health routine
Of course, some of these situations are temporary, and many of them are under your control. If your risk level goes down significantly, your dentist may choose to lengthen the time between visits.
MY TEETH AND GUMS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE. DO I STILL NEED TO SEE A DENTIST REGULARLY?
Put simply, yes. Your dentist can check for problems that you would typically be unaware of. For example, serious problems like cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer are often not visible and don’t cause pain until advanced stages. With regular dental visits and exams, it’s possible to diagnose those problems before they get out of hand.
SHOULD I HAVE AN EXAMINATION WITH EVERY CLEANING?
At times, a dental hygienist may care for your dental cleaning. It’s important that you are fully examined by your dentist at least once a year. Of course, your dentist will conduct an exam if you’re suspicious there’s a problem, or before any planned treatment or procedure.