How Often Should I See the Dentist

Good dental health is important not just for our teeth and gums, but for our overall health as well. Regular cleanings and check-ups helps to minimise your risk for painful treatments such as extractions or root canals. General advice is to see your dentist twice a year for a check-up and clean.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 30% of Australian adults have untreated tooth decay and about half of children aged 12 have dental decay in their permanent teeth. Nearly two-thirds of Australians regularly attend their dentists, with over half of Australian’s going back to the same dentist. (1)

Studies regarding the frequency of dental visits indicate that a dental check up at least every 6 months is especially important for High Risk patients who identify with the following factors: Smokers, Pregnant women, Diabetics, People with current gum disease e.g. gingivitis, periodontitis, People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection, People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque.

No two people are alike, and certainly we all have different requirements for our dental health. How often you visit the dentist will depend on your individual circumstances. You should consult your dentist and discuss an appropriate dental treatment plan to minimise your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.

Call now on 02 6249 8551 to arrange a check up and discuss your options with Dr Lois Jun.

References

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Dental and Oral Health. [Online] http://www.aihw.gov.au/dental-and-oral-health/.