We all know that visiting the dentist is an important part of proper dental care. Indeed, going to the dentist is necessary for preventing or diagnosing conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay and root canal infections. Yet most adults skip their regular check-ups under the premise of being too busy, which gives rise to the question: how often should you visit the dentist? The answer isn’t as straightforward as you may think.
What do the professionals say?
Whilst there have been many studies done into the ideal frequency of dentist consults, no consensus has been reached. However, many dentists recommend visiting once every six months. This is generally regarded as a safe period as it allows them to give early diagnoses of oral health problems, meaning any necessary treatment will be more effective.
Alternatively, other professionals recommend that the recall period should be customised to the individual. Different patients have different needs, and it makes sense that an individual with reoccurring oral conditions would need to visit more frequently than an individual that has always enjoyed perfect oral health. These suggestions vary widely, but it is generally agreed that patients should not visit their dental care provider more than once every two to three months or less than once every two years unless advised otherwise.
When should you visit the dentist?
Your individual dentist will determine suitable time intervals between your check-ups based on your needs and any pre-existing conditions that may put you at risk of oral health problems. As your needs change over time, so may their recommendations.
If you are suffering from toothache, gum pain or inflammation then you should pay your dentist a visit soon. Similarly, if you have any concerns or want to undertake a procedure such as teeth whitening, we advise you book an appointment with your dentist. Likewise, if you have not paid your dentist’s office a visit in over 12 months you should consider making an appointment for an oral health assessment and teeth cleaning. After all, dental care is a significant part of overall health and any conditions will be better off if treated in the early stages.