You may have often been advised check your teeth every 6 months’ since your school days. However, some people may not need check-ups so often, while others may need more frequent visits.
In fact, the interval between check-ups may vary from 3 months to 12 months depending on the oral (teeth and gums) health status and risk factors.
A dental check-up is important to detect any oral health problems you may have and also to ensure that you have good oral health.
You should not delay or ignore a dental problem until it becomes serious. Prevention is better than cure, not only will it prevent you from pain, but also saves cost and time.
During dental check- ups, the dentist usually:
1- Examines your teeth, gums and mouth.
2- Esquires about your medical condition* (*Patients with systemic diseases for e.g Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, bleeding problems, autoimmune disease are at risk).
3- Asks about any changes in your oral health (teeth, gum and mouth) since your last visit.
4- Enquires about your diet and advises on good oral hygiene practice (brushing, flossing, mouth rinsing etc) and also risks of smoking and alcohol intake.
5- Showing a patient how to brush and floss teeth.
6-Decides what treatment is needed.
7- Schedules the following appointment for check up or treatment..
8- Following a dental check-up, the dentist will be able to assess your oral health status and he/she will suggest the appropriate check-up interval for you.
9- If you have excellent oral health, you will be advised to return for a dental check-up after 1 year. However, if you have problems or are at risk, you will be advised to have more frequent dental check-ups, either 3 monthly, 6 monthly or once a year.