How Often Do You Need to Get a Dental Checkup?
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How Often Do You Need to Get a Dental Checkup?

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According to a survey, 42% of American adults don’t go for a dental checkup as often as they’d like, while 15% admitted that they made their last dental appointment because they were experiencing pain. This means that even today, millions of people don’t prioritize visiting a dentist regularly, even today.

So, how often must you visit your dentist? Read on to find out!

How Often Should You Go for a Dental Checkup?

Based on the general rule of thumb, you are advised to go for dental checkups every six months. Primarily because, according to dentists, a timeframe of six months seems to be the best time to detect chances of any possible oral health problems at an early stage, when preventive care or treatments are more effective.

Therefore, ideally, the recall period of every dental visit should be based on an individual patient’s needs, with suggested three months of interval for people with complex dental needs or gum disease.

Who Should Go to the Dentist More Often?

Some people need to go for a dental checkup more than twice a year. People with a greater risk of dental disease and other health conditions are recommended to see a dentist every three months. The higher-risk group includes:

  • Smokers
  • People with a weak immune system
  • Diabetics
  • Pregnant women
  • People who are prone to plaque or cavity build-up
  • People with gum disease

What to Expect from a Routine Dental Checkup

Whether you are experiencing sensitivity or tooth decay, an Ault emergency dentist has got you covered. Here’s what to expect from a dental checkup:

  • Examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth.
  • You will be asked about your general health and any problems that you have recently had with your gums, teeth, and mouth.
  • You will be advised on your diet, smoking, alcohol, and teeth-cleaning habits.
  • You will be given preventive measures.
  • Discuss the date for your next visit.

Book an Appointment Today!

Call us at (970) 693-0800 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Joshua Kelly, DMD, at our office in Severance, CO.

Posted on Feb 14, 2022
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