How often should you see a dentist?

How often should you see a dentist?

Posted on Apr 09, 2015

“I didn’t want to be an actress. I wanted to be a dentist, but you never know what life will bring you.”

Now, isn’t that an interesting quote from Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara? One that shares a lot in common with everything to do with your teeth: You never know what life may bring you! Especially if you’re not looking after your teeth properly.

So, here’s a question for you: How often do you think you should be visiting the dentist?

Like many people out there, you may believe visiting the dentist every six months will help you to keep your teeth in fighting form.

Fun fact: Some believe the ‘six month’ theory dates back to the 18 th Century.

At the end of the day, your dentist will be able to best advise you as to whether visiting them twice a year is sufficient. It only makes sense that if you do have problem teeth, you’ll need to log more face time with your dentist than someone who’s never experienced any issues before.

As a general rule, seeing a dentist twice a year (even once if you really struggle to get yourself to the dentist and you have no major problems) works well for most people.

If you’re told you’re in the high risk category for dental diseases though, your dentist may want to see you more than just at six month intervals.

For those who aren’t aware, here is a list of factors that place you in the high-risk category:

  • Smoking (we’ll look into how damaging smoking can be for your teeth later).
  • Diabetes.
  • Gum disease.
  • Weakened immune system.

Of course, other complications arise from having a bad diet, getting older and so on.

When people become aware that they’ve got a new illness (for example, diabetes), it’s understandable that they don’t immediately think of the impact this may have on their teeth.

However, it is an important consideration to make and if you are at all concerned, the best thing is to make an appointment at your nearest NovaDental clinic to ask whatever questions you need to.

As they say, knowledge is power.