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How often should you see a dentist?

There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ number of visits to your dentist per year. Actually, how often you need to go has little to do with your teeth, and more with the gum tissue and supporting bone. Scheduling a dental visit should be based upon the person’s oral hygiene, habits, and medical conditions.

It is imperative that you discuss with your dentist and decide how often you or your family are required to visit to ensure proper care of your teeth. Even though you might be taking good care of your teeth and gums, you still need to see a dentist regularly. The dentist can check for complications that you may not see. Many dental problems are not visible, nor do they cause any discomfort until they reach an advanced stage. Leaving problems unattended can make them difficult to treat at a later stage.

Your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit after doing the check-up. The time between the two check-ups can vary anywhere from 3 months to 6 months, depending on how good your oral health is. General rule is every 6 months!!!!

Generally, you can wait longer for the next check-up if the risk of your dental problems is less. Therefore, people with good oral health will have to visit their dentist only once every 12 months, but people who have a greater risk of dental disease might have to visit every three to four months or more. This high-risk group includes smokers, pregnant women, diabetics, people with gum diseases, people with a weak immune response to bacterial infection, and those who tend to get cavities or build up plaque in a short period of time.

Since there is growing evidence that oral health is linked to general health, only your dentist can determine how many visits are necessary. As a thumb rule, go at least twice per year, and more frequently if you have any specific problems. The best tip for reducing trips to the dental chair is to keep on FLOSSING and brushing once in the morning and once at night.

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