How often should I go to the dentist?
The standard recommendation is to visit your dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. This frequency level works well for most people, although some people with gum disease, might need to visit the dentist more frequently for optimal care.
Also, keep in mind that certain life events — particularly those that cause stress or illness — might cause changes in the mouth or the development of an infection, and might make more frequent visits to the dentist necessary.
The three biggest reasons that most strongly support the twice-yearly visitation schedule are:
- So that your dentist can check for problems that you might not see or feel
- To allow your dentist to find early signs of decay (decay doesn’t become visible or cause pain until it reaches more advanced stages.)
- To treat any other oral health problems found (generally, the earlier a problem is found, the more manageable it is.)
Although home-based tooth brushing and flossing help remove plaque, only a professional cleaning – like the kind provided by one of our dental hygienists – can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove the hardened plaque (called calculus or tartar) that builds up on teeth. Our hygienists have over 75 years combined experience and will be use the latest techniques to make your cleaning as comfortable and pain-free as possible.