How often do you visit your dentist for a check-up? Standard advice is to see your dentist on a six-monthly basis; however, some people need to come in more often, whilst others may need to be seen less frequently.
Smylife in Manchester will always ensure that you know when to come in for check-ups, whether you have had treatment or received an all clear at your last visit. Your dentist will let you know when your next appointment should be, and you will be reminded closer to the time.
Why do I need to come in more often?
There are numerous reasons why your dentist might want to see you on a more frequent basis. These include:
- Being pregnant, when specific oral health concerns can arise
- Having a weakened immune system, through immunosuppressant conditions, chemotherapy treatment, etc
- Having a condition such as gum disease that has to be monitored
- Having a history/family history of oral health problems
What will the dentist do?
No matter how often you are told to come for check-ups, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination. One of the biggest benefits of frequent oral health assessments is that common problems such as dental decay or gum disease can be spotted at a far earlier stage than if you waited for them to develop at home.
Dentists can use early decay and gum disease detection techniques to spot such issues at the very start. This means that you can be treated and back to full health before you’ve even realised that there is a problem to contend with.
It is part of a standard dental check-up to look out for the early signs of mouth cancer, which claims many lives in the UK every year. Again, it can be difficult to spot the early symptoms at home, and as with any type of cancer, early diagnosis is vital to maximising your chances of making a full recovery.
If your dentist does find anything of concern in this respect, they will refer you to a consultant at a hospital for further investigation. If your dentist discovers you have oral health issues that need addressing – such as fillings or root canal work – they will book you in and once treatment is complete will tell you when your next check-up should be.