How often should I go to the dentist?

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How often should I go to the dentistAs a general rule it is recommended that you visit your dentist for a check-up and clean once every six months.

In dentistry, as in many areas of health, prevention is better than cure. People often do not become aware of dental-related conditions such as decay, gum disease and oral cancer until there are visible signs or pain. Unfortunately, this is often when the problem has reached an advanced stage. Regular visits to your dentist can help detect early signs of disease and thus reduce the need for more involved treatments.

Only your dentist can accurately assess your oral health status, and in some instances they may recommend more frequent or less frequent visits. If you are considered to be at high risk of tooth decay, have active gum disease or general health problems (for example, diabetes), three-monthly visits may be required. If you practise excellent oral hygiene at home and your dentist does not find any cavities or gum disease, then 12-monthly visits may be sufficient.

Should you visit a hygienist as well as a dentist?

A hygienist is the best person to visit for your six monthly clean. They focus on maintaining optimal gum health and prevention of dental conditions such as tooth decay and erosion. They will work with your dentist to look after your oral health. 

Why visit a Smile Solutions dentist?

Located right in the heart of Melbourne, dentists such as Smile Solutions provide not only a convenient service to busy city workers but also a friendly atmosphere in which to feel welcome no matter how often you visit. Smile Solutions houses dentists, hygienists and specialists all in the one building, further saving you time when having to see multiple clinicians. 

As one of the most experienced Melbourne dentists, we at Smile Solutions will be happy to design a tailored oral health program to address your individual needs. Call our friendly team to book your dental check up and clean. 

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*The contents of this blog post are of a general nature only and may not apply to your specific circumstances. As every person is different we always recommend that you visit a qualified dental practitioner to obtain tailored dental advice to suit your own specific needs.

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