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How Often Should I Have a Dental Check-up?

Doctor examining a tooth

The frequency of dental visits can vary depending on your individual oral health needs, but here are some general guidelines:

General Recommendation

  • Every six months: Most people should visit the dentist twice a year for a routine check-up and cleaning. This helps in the early detection and prevention of dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer.

Specific Circumstances

  • High-Risk Individuals: People with certain conditions or habits may need to visit the dentist more frequently (every 3-4 months). This includes:

  • Smokers.

  • Diabetics.

  • Pregnant women.

  • Individuals with gum disease.

  • People with a history of frequent cavities or oral infections.

  • Children: Children should start seeing a dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts. Regular visits every six months are recommended to monitor the development of their teeth and gums.

  • Orthodontic Patients: If you have braces or other orthodontic appliances, you may need to visit the dentist more frequently to monitor progress and address any issues.

  • Elderly: Older adults may require more frequent visits due to increased risk of dental problems, such as root decay and gum disease.

Signs You Need to See a Dentist

Even if you already regularly attend the dentist, certain symptoms indicate the need for an immediate dental visit:

  • Toothache or pain.

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold.

  • Bleeding or swollen gums.

  • Persistent bad breath.

  • Loose or shifting teeth.

  • Mouth sores that do not heal.

Preventive Care

Regular dental visits are crucial for preventive care, which includes:

  • Professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.

  • Examination of teeth and gums for any signs of disease.

  • X-rays to detect hidden dental problems.

  • Oral cancer screenings.

Get expert advice

Hampton Dental Care is your go-to private dentist practice for you and your family. Look no further for dentists in Liverpool.

Contact us today to arrange a check-up or book online 24-hours a day.


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