When considering a timetable for your dental check-up, it is important to note there is no designated ideal recommended frequency as everyone is different - some people may need to get a check-up every six months while others may need to visit the dentist on a more frequent basis.
Your dental practitioner will be able to suggest the recommended frequency based on your dental health. This can vary between three months and two years, and will mainly depend on how healthy your gums and teeth are, and if there are future risk factors.
A dental health check-up is vital in determining if you have dental problems. Leaving any dental issue to persist may make it considerably more difficult to fix in the future. As such, it is best to diagnose the problems early and where possible, deter their progression.
During each check-up, the dentist will:
- Examine the gums, teeth and mouth.
- Check if there are any signs of oral cancer.
- Enquire if you have had any dental health issues since your last visit.
- Ask about your dietary habits, alcohol use, smoking and dental hygiene habits.
- Talk with you about the present state of your teeth and the date of your next visit.
After you have completed the check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit, which could be from three months to a year (up to a year if you are under 18). That said, people with good oral health generally stay for a longer period before the next visit.
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It may happen that you have other dental appointments involving procedures such as teeth cleaning, which includes scale and polish, require emergency treatment, or need one of your teeth taken out.
If you happen to have dental problems between your check-ups, it is important to make another appointment to remedy the situation sooner. If you need an emergency dentist simply contact your local Brite Dental practice through its usual number and you will be advised on how to get emergency care.