As much as everyone wants to practice good oral hygiene, not everyone enjoys a trip to the dentist. How often you should go to the dentist varies according to your specific smile needs. Whether you’re an adult, you have a child experiencing their first permanent teeth or you’re pregnant, there is a range of advice out there that can make you sceptical about when and why you should book your next appointment.
John Cropley Dentistry would like to provide reliable information on when you should visit the dentist and what service will be provided upon every visit – that way, you can remain at ease!
How often should you visit the dentist and why?
A simple answer to this question would be every six months. This is because your dentist will be able to identify any problems and offer preventative solutions whilst effects are still reversible.
However, more specifically, when you should visit your dentist can vary according to age, lifestyle habits, and whether you practice good oral hygiene. Here are some differences:
If you’re someone who practices good oral hygiene – and by this, we mean that you brush twice a day and floss daily – then we recommend visiting the dentist once every year. However, cases are different on an individual basis and certain medical conditions or habits could mean that you require more frequent visits. This is the case for diabetics and smokers. If you smoke, you’re diabetic or have another health concern, you should visit your dentist every six months to keep your smile healthy and happy! Alternatively, your dentist might recommend a date for your next visit according to your specific oral concerns, varying from 3 months to 2 years. If you are experiencing sudden pain or discomfort, be sure to contact your dentist immediately.
We recommend children see a dentist at least once a year, with more frequent visits when permanent teeth come through. Permanent teeth are vulnerable to decay in the early stages and must be protected. Since permanent teeth usually come through around the ages of 6 – 8 years, we recommend booking an appointment every 6 months during this period.
Women can encounter a unique set of problems during pregnancy. The best time for additional check-ups is during second and third trimesters when signs of gingivitis (common gum disease) usually become an issue. It is important to note that this is common during pregnancy and is not exclusive to poor oral hygiene. If your last visit was 6 months ago, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
Are pregnant women at risk when visiting the dentist?
Contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly safe for pregnant women to visit the dentist at any stage of their pregnancy. Everything from digital X-rays and fillings can and should be performed where dental hygiene is concerned.
We recommend increasing your dental visits during your second and third trimester as this is when dental problems are known to arise in pregnant women, and it has the extra bonus of being more comfortable than when in your final stages! Gingivitis affects as many as half of all women as hormonal changes make your gums more susceptible to irritation and can be treated upon a simple trip to the dentist. Excess vomiting and stress can also cause specific oral concerns. At John Cropley Dentistry we recommend cosmetic procedures are left until after the birth of your child.
What can I expect during every dental visit?
Although some dental visits may vary when a specific treatment is required or you have a procedure booked, there are standard things that everyone can expect when visiting their dentist. Your dentist will:
- Examine your teeth and gums
- Enquire about your general health or any specific mouth, teeth or gum concerns
- Offer diet advice or oral hygiene habits to improve the condition of your teeth
- Recommend when you should book your next appointment
Get in touch with John Cropley Dentistry
John Cropley Dentistry offers quality solutions to keep your smile healthy. We pride ourselves on our calm and caring environment that puts all patients at ease. For dental services in Nelson Bay, call (02) 4981 3114 or book through our contact form.