Regular dental visits are an important part of your oral health care – no matter what age you are. But how do you know how often you should be visiting the dentist for a check-up and cleaning?
Here are a few things to consider when deciding how many dental visits you and your family need each year:
Your Specific Dental Needs: Everyone’s oral health needs differ, and that affects the frequency of your dental visits. If you’re prone to cavities, gum disease, or are high risk for other dental issues you may need to see the dentist every few months to keep everything in check and prevent further problems. If you have a low risk for oral issues, you won’t need to see the dentist quite as often.
Your Age: Often, adults are told to see the dentist for a cleaning twice per year. But because children’s mouths are going through many changes, they need to visit the dentist more frequently than their parents would.
Your Coverage: Though dental health is important no matter what type of health coverage you may have, sometimes that is a factor. If you have health benefits from your employer, find out what is covered and what isn’t and talk to your dentist about whether or not this fits with their recommendation.
What Your Dentist Suggests: Your dentist will let you know what timeline is best, depending on your oral health. This also means that taking proper care of your teeth could translate to less frequent check-ups.
The bottom line – whatever your dentist recommends for your personal dental needs is your best bet. They take everything into account, including your current oral condition, your risk for cavities and gum diseases, and all other factors that affect your dental health. If you’re due for a cleaning and check-up, come see us at Southeast Dental in Markham – we’ll determine the right cleaning schedule for your specific needs. Call 905-471-2002 or book online.