How often should you visit the dentist?

How often should you visit the dentist?

This is a question we get asked frequently, “How often should you visit the dentist?”

Even if you take great care of your teeth at home—by brushing every morning and night, and never forgetting to floss each day—you still need to see a dentist regularly.

Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel.

Many dental problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages, examples include:

  • Cavities
  • Gum Disease
  • Oral cancer

Frequent visits to the dentist give you a chance to uncover these problems and reverse them while they’re still in a manageable stage.

On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for many people.

While some can get away with fewer visits, others may need more frequent visits.

People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease may manage with just seeing their dentist once a year.

People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months or more.

This high-risk group includes:

  • Smokers
  • Pregnant Women
  • People with current gum disease
  • People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
  • People who intend to get cavities or build up plaque

The schedule for any person may change during a lifetime.

In times of stress or illness, you may need to see the dentist more often than usual.

The dentist may help you to fight off a temporary infection or treat changes in your mouth.

If you take good care of your teeth and gums at home and your dentist doesn’t find any cavities or gum disease for a few years, he or she may choose to lengthen the time between visits.

Ask your friendly dentist at Smith Street Dental what is  the best schedule for your routine dental visits.

So, if you need to visit a dentist in Darwin, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Smith Street Dental.

A member of the trained and experienced team will always be on hand to answer questions and steady any nerves that you might be having!