Going to the dentist only when you experience pain in your gums is not the best way to achieve good dental health and avoid gum disease. Many dental and gum diseases can arise without any symptoms, which makes it imperative that you regularly see your dentist for a checkup. If gum disease goes unnoticed for a long time it can become more difficult to treat.
What happens at a routine dental checkup?
During a dental checkup your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums to look for any signs of deterioration or problems. Dental hygiene has been linked to several diseases including heart disease so your dentist will probably ask you about any changes to your health you’ve had since your last visit. Your dentist will also make sure you are correctly taking care of your teeth and gums and ask you about your diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption which can all affect your dental health.
How often should I go to the dentist?
Your dentist will be able to give you the best answer for this question as it depends on your current dental health and your risk for developing dental problems. The average time between dental checkups is generally six months. For some people that often isn’t necessary but for others it might be recommended they have a checkup every three to four months if they have a higher risk for dental problems and periodontal disease.
Maintaining good dental health practices and having regular checkups will help you have healthy teeth and gums and allow your dentist to catch any dental problems before they become too difficult to fix.