How Often Am I Meant to See My Dentist?

Many oral health professionals recommend visiting your dentist every 6 months, but why?

Because it’s the safest amount of time to allow for detection of any possible oral health issues, including gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer.

Regular visits to your dentist give you the best possible chances of treating any issues in the earliest of stages, to be able to discuss treatment options, and how much it’s going to cost.

They are also usually followed with a routine scale and clean to remove the buildup of hardened plaque from your teeth.

During this time, your dentist is able to provide advice on how to improve your oral care and hygiene to minimize the risk of developing gum disease or any other severe oral health issues which could result in extensive treatment.

Be preventative, not reactive

A study conducted by Australian Dental Association, found that over 90% of Australian adults have experienced some form of tooth decay at some point in their lives and over one quarter of Australian children and adults live with untreated tooth decay in their primary teeth.

The idea of visiting your dentist every 6 months is to give yourself the best possible chance of maintaining good oral health to effectively reduce your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. 

What most seem to miss is that pain and toothaches only occur in the later stages of gum disease or tooth decay, and by the time the pain is unbearable, it becomes harder to treat. 

This may result in unnerving conversations with your dentist about extensive dental treatments, including tooth extractions, root canals, or any other complex and costly treatments.

Maintaining your oral health is like maintaining your car. You service it every 6-12 months or every 5,000-10,000 kilometers to keep it running smoothly, increase longevity and to ensure it’s safe to drive.

Regular visits to your dentist ensures your teeth stay healthier for longer.