How often should I Visit the Dentist?

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In the past, there were no set guideline for how regularly you should visit your dentist, and most dentists were focused on fixing existing problems rather than preventing potential ones. Fortunately, studies found that having your teeth checked out around twice a year was optimal. Even if your oral health is in great shape, it is useful to visit a dentist so that they can check for any potential problems which might not be apparent. It also helps your dentist to spot any developing problems and prevent them before they become serious. For instance, in its early stages, tooth decay doesn't tend to be highly visible or cause any symptoms but left unchecked, it can lead to a range of serious oral health issues.

In some cases, certain people will need to visit their dentist more often. For example, those with a weak immune system, those who are vulnerable to developing gum problems and patients with a predisposition to the build up of plaque and cavities may need to see their dentist over three times a year. If you maintain a decent level of oral hygiene and your dentist doesn't spot any problems with your gums or teeth, they may recommend that you visit them only once a year. There are also a number of other factors which will help your dentist decide how often you will need to visit. For instance, if you smoke or use tobacco and alcohol, are a diabetic, pregnant or have a low level of oral hygiene, then it may be recommended that you visit your dentist more often.

You can prevent potential oral health problems by following any advice you are given by your dentist. Try to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and limit your intake of sugary snacks and drinks as this can often contribute to the formation of plaque and tooth decay.

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