Regular Checkups – How Often?

This is one of the most common questions we receive.  Every person is different, and obviously we have to come up with a plan suited to your specific needs.   How much calculus you build up, your history of cavities, whether you smoke or have a history of cancer, and whether you grind your teeth all factor in to the decision.   But there are some generalisations we can make about care.

In general, we like to see children that are still growing every six months.   Some adults we see every three months, or four or six or twelve months.  An average is probably six.   Some adults need teeth cleanings every three months, but only really need a checkup with the dentist every second visit.  Again every one is different.   A minimum would be once a year.   Ask your dentist and hygienist to develop a regular care plan that is right for you.   And if it has been more than a year, its time!