In general, dental examinations will depend on the individual, and personal oral health needs. The objective behind a regular visit to the dentist is simply early detection – to identify small problems before they become bigger problems. For the majority of patients this will mean a dental examination every six months. A dentist may suggest more than twice a year, depending on how well a patient takes care of their teeth and gums. As well, if there are specific problems, then treatment plans may entail a number of visits until things are resolved or under control.
There are a number of factors that impact oral health, and these will have a direct bearing on how much professional care is required. In the end, personal care and maintenance is the key.
- Flossing regularly – even every day
- Brushing twice throughout the day
- Brushing according to instructions
- Ensuring that diet is well-balanced
- Limiting sugary foods and/or drinks
- Reducing and/or stopping to smoke
All of the above have an affect on oral health, not to mention general health. And all of them will dictate how often a dental examination is required. Here again, routine exams are recommended in an effort to prevent problems from developing. Importantly, patients should NOT decide on the frequency of visits only on the basis of a dental insurance plan. This would be particularly relevant to those patients, who have a family history of cavities or gum disease. With a good dental team on hand patients can be assured of receiving the best dental advice long term.
At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, a preventive approach to oral hygiene includes clinic visits at least every six months. The aim is to keep the teeth and gums healthy, to prevent cavities, to avoid enamel wear, and to avert gum disease.