Routine Dental Checkup
Why do I need a dental check-up?
A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it's best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether.
What happens during a dental check-up?
At each check-up, your dentist should:
examine your teeth, gums and mouth
ask about your general health and any problems you've had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit
ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits
discuss a date for your next visit
How often should I have a dental check-up?
After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up could be as short as 3 months or as long as 2 years (or up to 1 year if you're under 18).
Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more often.
What about dental treatments?
This advice is about routine check-ups only. You may need other appointments for dental treatments such as fillings, having a tooth taken out or emergency treatment