How often should I see the dentist?
As a general rule of thumb, most people with good oral health should see the dentist twice per year. This allows you to have your teeth professionally cleaned, and for any emerging issues to be caught and treated early. However, this is a guideline rather than a hard and fast rule.
Your personal dental health history and risk factors play a role in determining the right schedule for you. Smokers, people who are prone to plaque buildup, pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems, those with ongoing gum disease, and diabetics often need to see the dentist three or four times per year.
Your dental visit schedule may change frequently during your lifetime. If you are being treated for a complex dental issue, you might see the dentist several times within a few months. If you are going through a time of intense stress or illness, you might need more visits until the situation subsides.
Ultimately, how often you should see the dentist is a decision that only you and your dentist can make together. If your dentist does not volunteer the information during your appointment, ask before you leave when you should schedule your next one.
At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we are committed to providing quality dental care to our patients and their families. We are proud to have been voted one of the best dental offices in Washington State. If you are ready to take the first steps toward improving your dental health, we invite you to call 425-643-5778 today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.