How Often Should I Get A Dental Check Up?
If you’re wondering about dental check-ups, or think a visit to the dentist might be overdue, you’re in the right place. Today, our team based near Ripon talks through some common questions about routine checks, including why to have them, how often to book in and ways we can help you maintain a healthy smile.
How often should I have a check-up?
There’s no set rule – it really depends on how healthy your mouth is, and whether you have any concerns. Checks can vary from:
- Every 3 months, for those with severe gum disease and other complications
- Every 6 months, if there are some potential issues or you’re under 18
- Every 12 months-2 years, if there are no visible concerns
Why are dental check-ups important?
Routine dental checks are essential for maintaining the health of your mouth, teeth and gums. They can spot problems like decay, infection and gum disease. And in some cases, medical conditions like oral cancer.
These guidelines don’t account for things like Invisalign consultations, fillings, emergency care and other types of treatment.
What if I’m scared of going to the dentist?
Our team near Ripon helps children, teens and adults with all areas of their oral health and we’re experienced in caring for people of different ages, with different levels of needs. Our chairside manner is second to none, and we care for all our patients as we would our own families.
How do I care for my smile?
Establish a good oral care routine that centres around brushing and flossing twice a day, for two minutes a day. You can count the time, use a sand timer or use an app or stopwatch to make sure you’re doing this for long enough. Some of our patients also like to use mouthwash, but we recommend doing this at a separate time of day so that you don’t “wash off” the protective fluoride in your toothpaste.
What about my child’s oral care?
It’s important to create that routine as early on as possible. As soon as tiny teeth start to appear, massage a smear of toothpaste onto the gums and schedule a visit with our Boroughbridge team, based near Ripon. For reluctant brushers, choosing their own toothbrush or timer can help engage them with their care routine. You can also model how to brush and floss, let them squeeze their own toothpaste (supervised, of course) and make it more fun with rewards like stickers.
How do I schedule a check-up?
Just get in touch, and we’ll handle the rest. Our Boroughbridge team are based near Ripon and is known in and around the area for our exceptional care.