GettyImages_463270837-Dentist CheckupThis is a very common question.  Not everyone enjoys receiving a dentist checkup.  Some don’t have the time or means, while others simply see it as a burden.  However, visiting with your local dentist on a regular basis will help you avoid many unpleasant conditions in your teeth and gums caused by neglect, damage, time, or even your daily habits.

Like most health preventative treatments, the time between each dentist checkup is dependent on your habits, overall health, and general risk.  Smokers, diabetics, those with a weak immune system, and those with active or previously active gum disease may need to see a dentist as often as every three to four months.  Other factors that would affect your usual dental routine include extra stress and illnesses that can cause you to be less resistant to bacteria.

For healthy adults with good dental habits, a dentist checkup should occur on average once or twice a year.  This includes checking for the general condition of your teeth and gums as well as a dental cleaning.  If you experience pain or changes in your teeth and gums, it is important to see a dentist to determine the cause of those changes.  Regular dental checkups will keep you ahead of the game in your overall dental hygiene.

Your dentist can help you decide the best schedule for your dental checkups.  Starting from age 1, dental health is important for your overall health and the longevity of your smile.  Contact our office today to schedule your next dentist checkup.