Determining the Frequency of Dental Visits
There is no universal recommendation for how often you should see a dentist yearly. However, for most people, visiting the dentist twice a year is about right for the health and beauty of your teeth.
If you are young, you might only need to see the dentist once a year. However, you might need to see the dentist more often if you:
- Have a personal or family history of gum disease
- Take medications or have health conditions that increase oral health risks
- Find it difficult to clean your teeth at home
- Have teeth replacements (like dental implants) that might benefit from more frequent professional care
Getting more regular dental checkups makes sense for some people. If you have had gum disease in the past or have a family history of severe gum disease, your dentist might recommend more frequent visits.
Health conditions like diabetes and medications that cause dry mouth can increase your oral health risks. In some cases, more frequent check-ups can help.
If home hygiene is challenging, you might get more tartar buildup and see gum disease or cavities progress more quickly. More frequent checkups can head this off.
Finally, it’s sometimes a good idea to visit the dentist more often to protect an investment in dental implants. It’s not always necessary to see the dentist more often after implants, but it may be worth it.