How Often Should You Go for Dental Exams

You brush your teeth every day, after every meal. You probably also floss once a day (if you don’t you really should). But taking care of your mouth is not just about cleaning: it is important to visit your dentist regularly to check your oral health and to be sure that your teeth and gums are doing fine.

How Often Should I Visit My Dentist?

Besides checking your dental health and have your teeth professional cleaned, going to the dentist regularly is also about preventing future problems. Normally, the suggested time frame is about six months; however, the dentist can suggest more or less often visits depending on the patient history.

People are very different – some floss and take care of their teeth every day, while others often forget to even brush their teeth, which is recommended at least twice a day by the Canadian Dental Associations (CDA). So, we can suppose that different people will have different medical needs.

For example: if someone has more pre-disposition to build up tartar on his teeth, he or she will need visit his or her dentist more often than only twice a year.

Other factors that may have an influence on how often you should go for dental exams – besides daily hygiene – are:

  • Smoking;
  • History of treatments, cavities or gum disease;
  • Diet;
  • Overall health – diabetics, people with a weak immune response due to bacterial infection or people with other illness may have to pay more attention to their dental needs.

Remember to tell your dentist about these factors – it is important for your professional to know about your health history to better help you to prevent any disease.

What Should I Expect From My Dentist Visits?

Not all visits to the dentist are similar. But in most regular appointments, your dentist should ask you about your general health, habits and if you have any history of teeth or gum problems. Then, he or she should start examining your teeth, gums, and mouth. You also will get a full cleaning for your tooth, including removing tartar.

Based on the consultation and in the professional’s assessment, now it is time for your dentist talk to you about your next visit. If he or she found something that needs treatment, you will be told how to proceed; Or, if you just need to keep on going with your regular check-ups, your dentist will tell you when you should schedule your next appointment: if needed, you may be asked to go earlier than in six months. However, if you do not have any issues, the half-year timeline may work for you.

Regardless of whether you go for dental exams only twice a year or more, it is extremely important to keep regular visits as directed by your dentist: you will be prevented against any future problems with your teeth or gums.

Is It Time For You To See A Dentist?

Come visit Third Street Dental for a check-up and cleaning. Call us today to schedule your next appointment with North Vancouver dentist Dr. Ho.