If you can’t see or feel anything wrong, it’s typical to assume you can put off a standard dental exam for another six months. The problem is that you are in agony before you realise it, and something that would have been minor has now grown to be more serious and necessitate a more complex procedure.
How Many Times A Year Should I Visit A Dentist?
The standard recommendation for dental patients is a six-month check-up. However, your dentist will normally advise you on how frequently to visit based on a number of factors. For low-risk adults who practise good daily oral care, an annual check-up may be sufficient. People who have pre-existing medical conditions may need to come in more regularly, especially if they want to continue receiving preventative dental care.
Smoking, diabetes, periodontal (gum) disease, and pregnancy are among illnesses that may demand more frequent dental care. Anyone whose immune system has been compromised by a persistent illness or infection, who has a tendency to acquire decay or plaque more quickly, or all of the above, should schedule quarterly check-ups.
What Is Involved With A Dental Check-Up?
When you go to the dentist for a check-up, your dentist will inspect your mouth for signs of plaque, tartar build-up, and holes. The dentist may use x-rays to search for decay between your teeth in addition to thoroughly evaluating your gums and measuring how deep the gum pockets are around the teeth.
If your dentist sees any possible issue areas, they will discuss them with you; if treatments like cavities or extractions, root canals etc should be required, your dentist will help you to organise a subsequent appointment to get these issues sorted. The dentist or a resident dental hygienist will do a comprehensive scaling and cleaning, using specialised equipment to remove tartar, followed by polishing. Even though a fluoride treatment is not always necessary at every biannual check-up, it may be suggested.
Advantages Of Dental Check-Ups
Paying for dental exams may seem inconvenient, but the benefits far outweigh the downsides. Because the bulk of oral care is not covered by the provincial healthcare system, preventing tooth decay and other oral disorders is likely more cost-effective than paying for treatments. Maintaining your teeth reduces the cost and pain levels, even for more expensive procedures such as root canals, implants, and orthodontic equipment.
Contact the Northcote Dental team to book a check up and clean. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable and that the service is personalised to your needs. Please contact us if you have any questions; we would be delighted to assist you.