How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

As with all health recommendations, there is no single rule for how often you should have your regular dental checkups and cleanings that works for everyone. For decades, dentists have generally recommended that people should have routine cleanings every six months or so (twice a year), but this is just a general guideline and may not hold for everyone. In fact, there are some people we know need to see the dentist more often than this to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

You Should Visit the Dentist More Often If

Some health conditions and lifestyle choices can put your teeth and gums at risk. More frequent checkups can help safeguard your oral health and prevent tooth loss. You may want to visit your dentist more often if you:

  • Have diabetes

  • Are a smoker

  • Have a weakened immune system

  • Have gum disease

  • Have cavities every time you go to the dentist

We will talk to you about your health and mouth conditions and whether you should make more regular checkups.

Should You Visit the Dentist Now?

You may be wondering whether it’s time to schedule a visit to your dentist now. You should see the dentist if you are experiencing:

  • Bleeding, red, or sensitive gums

  • Constant toothaches

  • Temperature or pressure sensitivity

  • Loose teeth

  • Localized hot spot or puss-filled spot on your gums

  • Unexplained headaches that have started recently

You should also contact your dentist if you have any other concerns about the health of your teeth and gums. We will talk to you about potential health conditions and whether you should come in to see us. Many dental problems will worsen if left untreated, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

To schedule an appointment with Ascent Dental in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, please call (303) 975-6987 or email us today.