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Advice/Do I really have to go to the dentist every six months?

Do I really have to go to the dentist every six months?

The frequency of your visits depends on your dental needs. The purpose of the exam is to spot small problems early. For most people, an exam every six months is enough. Your dentist will guide you according to your personal dental hygiene, your prevention or treatment needs, the accumulation of tartar on your teeth, etc.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I use dental floss every day?
  • Do I brush my teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and do I follow my dentist's instructions on how to brush them properly?
  • Is my diet well balanced, does it include foods from all four groups, and do I monitor my intake of sweets and sticky foods?
  • Do i smoke?
  • Have I ever had cavities or gum disease?
  • Is my health generally good?

All of these factors affect your oral health. The answers to these questions will help you and your dentist determine the number of visits you need for exams. It is good to note that you should not determine your dental needs based on the coverage of your dental plan.

Do I need X-rays every time?

The frequency with which you need x-rays also depends on your oral health. A healthy adult who has not had a cavity or another problem for a few years probably does not need x-rays at each appointment.

However, if your dental situation is less stable and your dentist needs to monitor your progress, you may need X-rays more often. If you do not know why such an X-ray is taken, there is no harm in asking. Remember that dental x-rays emit very weak rays and that, for your dentist, they are an essential tool to ensure that small problems do not become big.