How often should you see the dentist?


Having good oral health is key to having good health in general. Therefore you need to make certain that you have regular check-ups. Regular check ups will not only prevent decay, but a wide range of other health issues. So just how often should you see the dentist? Let’s find out.

It is advisable to see the dentist every six months. At each dental check your dentist will clean the teeth and offer a fluoride treatment. During the check up the dentist will be checking for much more than plaque and decay. Below is a list of the other signs your dentist will be looking out for.

1.Checking the gums for signs of gum disease and bone loss
2. Looking for signs of grinding, cracks or damage to the teeth
3. Checking for any abnormalities on the tongue, cheek and other soft tissue areas. Abnormalities can indicate tumors and other complications
4. Cracks, decay, wear and erosion of the teeth
5. Cosmetic appearance of the teeth

During the last 20 years the technology used in dentistry has become more and more sophisticated. State of the art surgeries will use dental imaging to provide the dentist with information about your oral health before treatment even commences. Most dentists will also use digital cameras to record the stages of your treatment, this is particularly common in patients undergoing treatment for cosmetic reasons. Other equipment includes computerised bacteria testing which will indicate the likelihood of any future decay and strong magnification equipment which will enable the dentist to ensure your teeth are looking at their best.

Seeing your dentist regularly will ensure your teeth stay in good condition and hopefully last you a lifetime. If it is over six months since your saw your dentist then make an appointment today.