How Often Should You See The Dentist?

A common question people ask our staff: How often should you see the dentist? You need to see your dentist on a regular basis in order to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Many people only go to the dentist when a problem arises, but by seeing dental professionals regularly you can potentially avoid many of these common issues.

When Should You See Your Dentist Quiz

  1. True or False: A checkup should be every six months.
  2. True or False: If you have gum disease risk factors, you may need more frequent visits.
  3. True or False: Six month visits also include dental cleanings.
  4. True or False: After their first visit kids should be there every six months too.

Answer Key

  1. True. We agree with the American Dental Association. A checkup is a perfect opportunity for a dentist to look for the earliest warning signs of a developing problem, such as gum disease or tooth decay. In addition, the doctor can also perform a screening for the presence of oral cancer.
  2. True. Patients with high risk factors for gum disease may benefit from a checkup once every three to four months. This can allow the doctor to help you prevent the disease form developing or to successfully manage it, allowing you to stave off serious complications, such as adult tooth loss.
  3. True. As part of your visit we will also use a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque from your teeth. You can then enjoy fresher breath, smoother teeth, a brighter smile, and a reduced risk of gingivitis or gum disease developing.
  4. True. Once the baby teeth begin to arrive your child should have his/her teeth examined once every six months. For children, this has an added bonus, a reduce chance of developing dental anxiety later in life and an opportunity to instill good dental habits.