The time between check-ups can vary from 3 months to 18 months depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems ,but generally you may assume that your dental check-up is every six months.
Your dentist is the one to suggest when is your next check-up based on how good your oral health is.
Why do we need a dental check-up?
A check-up allows dentist to see if you have dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more complicated to treat , so it’s best to deal with problems early and as early as possible, or even prevent them altogether.
What happens during a dental check-up?
During check-up, your dentist :
- Examine teeth, gums and mouth.
- Enquire about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
- May suggest and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
- Set up with you a date for your next visit.
How often should be the dental check-up?
Generally, the lower the risk of dental problems, the longer is the next check-up. People with good oral health will need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but people with more problems will need check-ups more often
If you have problems with your teeth on check-ups, your dentist will suggest you to make an earlier appointment to treat the particular problem. Remember that checkups without doing the suggested treatment is of no use. I remember one of my patients who came for his regular check up and I suggested him 3 fillings ,and at the end of the session he told me that he will come back for his next check up in 6 months??!!!
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