How Often Should You Visit The Dentist?

Opinions vary on how many times a person should see their Surrey dentist in the course of a year and the frequency might be once or twice even more for some people. This might have you wondering just how many times it’s necessary to maintain good oral health.

Your dentist might even suggest that there is no hard and fast rule of the number of times a person should see their dentist. When you’re being consistent about brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing regularly it could be that gum disease or supporting bone have more to do with how often you need to schedule an appointment. When it’s primarily a matter of tooth decay once a year is probably satisfactory. Anyone that is prone to periodontal problems may need checkups and cleaning every 3 to 4 months.


Increased frequency of cleanings at the dentist are needed to remove built up plaque the daily debris we keep under control using proper brushing. Failure to remove plaque can result in the growth of harmful bacteria which in turn can lead to periodontal disease or gum disease – an infection of the tissue that holds your teeth in place. Left untreated the teeth may loosen and even be in danger of falling out. There are a few factors that a person’s risk of gum disease some of them are avoidable while others are not. Smoking, systemic diseases including diabetes, pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives may contribute to gum disease. Some signs to look for are gums that bleed after cleaning your teeth or are tender, swollen or red might indicate you should see your dentist immediately.

Often dental coverage or the lack of it might determine how often you schedule your checkups and cleanings. Even for those with benefit packages it may only cover a visit every 9 months and yet your dentist might feel you need to come every six months. In any case it isn’t in your best interest to allow individual coverage determine the frequency of your visits if you need to go more often.

Dental check ups involve more than your oral health and there is evidence that links oral health with a person’s general health. So aim for at least once a year, more often if you experience problems and if you feel you’re being asked to go too often you can ask for a second opinion on how many times it’s necessary.

Why not give our office a call today and schedule that appointment at SurDel Dental Centre.

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