Frequency of Dental Visits

Several questions are raised as to the frequency of dental visits. It is important to note that the schedule for a dental check-up varies with each person. There are some who require an every 6-month dental check while others may require a more frequent dental visit.

The standard dental check-up recommendation is twice a year, which includes cleanings. A regular dental visit is important for early detection of dental problems. Failure to attend to dental problems can lead to a more severe problem that may be more difficult to repair in the future.

During your visit, the dentist will:

  • Check your teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Ask if you have any dental health issues in the past or last visit.
  • Inquire about your eating and dietary habits, if you drink alcohol or smoke and your dental hygiene routine.
  • Detect any signs of oral cancer.
  • Discuss with you the present state of your teeth and your next dental visit.

Your dentist will set a date for your next visit once the check-up is completed. How soon you need to return will depend on the state of your oral health and any future risk factors. The next dental visit may be between three months to a year or up to a year if you are below 18 years old. People with good dental health normally take a longer period before their next dental check-up.