We all know how important it is to attend for regular routine dental appointments so that any problems can be identified early and treated quickly. But how often is regular?
How often should I attend for a dental check-up?
The frequency of dental appointments will vary from person to person dependent on a number of risk factors. Your dentist will let you know exactly when you should attend for your next dental check-up. This can range from every three months, to every two years and your recall frequency may well change over time if your oral health improves or declines.
If you are experiencing pain or have any other concerns between appointments, do not just wait until your next check-up. Book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so they can sort out any problems.
Why do I need a regular dental check-up?
When it comes to your oral and indeed your general health, prevention is always better than cure. Visiting the dentist regularly helps you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible by ensuring that any dental problems are identified early or even better prevented from occurring.
The dentist will also discuss your oral hygiene routine with you and discuss lifestyle factors that may be having a detrimental impact on your oral health.
The dentist will also be able to discuss all your options if you require any further treatment and may advise preventative treatment such as visiting the hygienist for a scale and polish or treatment to strengthen a tooth to make sure that it doesn’t break. They will discuss the risks and benefits of all treatments as well as the costs to ensure that you are able to make informed decisions on how you which to proceed.
What are the benefits of attending for regular dental check-ups?
By attending regularly, you will:
- Save money in the long term, by ensuring that any problems are identified early and treated quickly
- Reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and help keep gum disease under control by removing plaque and calculus with regular cleanings
- Help lower your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and stroke by ensuring you look after your oral health