How Often Should You Get a Dental Checkup?

Posted by Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry on Mar 22 2022, 08:33 AM

Scheduling a dental appointment for a checkup every six months is critical to one's oral and general health. While many may dislike visits to the dentist, those who fail to maintain regular dental checkups may come to regret their decision in the future as they will put their dental health in danger, which can lead to additional health concerns. 

Depending on your oral health, our dentists at Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry in Palo Alto, California, recommend that you come in for checkups and cleanings at least every six months.

How Often Should You See a Dentist?

While going to the dentist twice a year is a reasonable rule of thumb for many people, the truth is that you have your own unique needs. Some people only need to go to the dentist once or twice a year, whilst others may require more frequent visits. 

So, remember to always ask our dentist when your next appointment should be. They can recommend the best frequency for your needs.

Who Should Visit the Dentist More Often?

Some people need to see the dentist more than twice a year. People who are at a higher risk of dental disease and other health problems may need to see the dentist every three months or even more frequently. This higher-risk group includes:

  • Pregnant women
  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • Individuals suffering from gum disease
  • People who have a weakened immune system

Why Are Regular Dental Checkups Important?

Dental checkups allow our dentist to examine your mouth for indications of oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.

If our dentist discovers a problem, they will discuss treatment choices with you, as well as cost estimates. You can reduce your risk of developing dental diseases by practicing proper oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. 

A checkup frequently includes a dental cleaning or a scaling and root planing procedure. These procedures remove hardened plaque (calculus) from your teeth and aid in the prevention of gum disease. The dentists will also offer you advice on how to improve your oral hygiene routine at home based on their assessment of your teeth and gums.

For the best dental treatments in Palo Alto, California, visit Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry at 853 Middlefield Rd. Suite 2, Palo Alto, CA 94301, or call (650) 322-9837 to book an appointment.

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