A mistake almost all our patients make is to visit the dentist only when they have a terrible toothache. That’s the only time you may remember that dentists do exist – and that’s wrong! If you visit the dentist regularly, “sudden problems” like terrible toothaches, bleeding gums, a loose tooth cap, won’t be problems.
One of the objectives during a dental visit is to find any growing problems that you may not have noticed. For example, a tooth cavity becomes quite noticeable only after it begins eroding the root canal nerve and causes pain. A dental checkup would be able to identify the cavity and prevent it from becoming worse.
How Often Should you go to the Dentist?
Well, how often should you change your vehicle oil? The answer lies in how often you use the vehicle, the mileage it has and how old the car is. Your health, your habits, your diet, and your dental health plays a big role in how often you should visit the dentist.
You are a regular person…. well, if you have no major or significant health problems. For regular people, you should visit the dentist every 6 months. Why? 6 months is a sufficient time period to prevent any dental issue from causing permanent damage.
This applies even if you brush and floss your teeth daily. When it comes to dental health, even those who brush regularly can have dental problems. And, it’s better to catch the problem early on.
Had a recent dental problem such a broken tooth, cavity, or a toothache? Then, you need to visit the dentist much more often. You may need to visit the dentist on a weekly basis. This is because, it is essential for your dentist to carefully observe how well your teeth have healed and at the same time, ensure there are no complications.
If you have braces, you may have to visit the dentist every month to make adjustments to it.
Ask your Dentist
HOWEVER, the best person to address this question is your dentist. Each person has a different dental health situation. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The dentist will be the best person to answer the question as she knows your dental history and your current dental health.