You have likely heard that you need to see the dentist twice a year for a regular checkup. This is a good rule of thumb for most people, but the frequency of your visits to the dentist could be different based on your individual dental needs. Smile Solutions of Maine in Waterville and Winthrop, Maine, is here for you, no matter what condition your teeth are in.

What Happens at a Routine Dental Visit?

Your routine dental appointment usually consists of two main parts, a complete dental evaluation, and a cleaning.

  • During the dental evaluation, your dentist will closely look for cavities, periodontal issues, wear patterns, missing teeth, and esthetic concerns you might have.  This is also your chance to voice any concerns you might have about your teeth or gums.
  • During the dental cleaning, the dental hygienist cleans tartar and plaque from your teeth, polishes your teeth, flosses them, and may also apply a coat of fluoride to help fight cavities. 

Getting an exam and a professional cleaning regularly is vital to the health of your teeth and gums. Some teeth are more susceptible to decay than others, depending on how well you can reach them with your toothbrush and floss. Catching problems early on is better than allowing dental problems to grow and worsen. Most people are not aware that periodontal disease does not cause pain and can go undetected for years. 

How often should you go to the dentist for a dental checkup? Most people should go twice a year, but each mouth is unique. The dentist will tell you if you need to go two, three, or even four times per year. 

Why Would I Need to See the Dentist More Than Twice a Year?

The dentist will likely want you to come in more than twice a year if you have gum disease. Gum diseases are treatable with deep dental cleanings. If left untreated, periodontal disease can damage your gums and even your jawbone. It can also cause teeth to get loose.

Some people may have teeth that are especially prone to plaque build-up, which can quickly lead to cavities. Smokers are also more susceptible to dental problems. Your dentist will likely suggest you come in three times a year to keep your teeth in better condition. Depending on your needs, the hygienist and dentist will determine the frequency per year.

You should also schedule an appointment whenever you have a dental problem. For example, if you have a toothache and it isn’t time for your dental checkup yet, don’t wait! Give us a call, and we’ll get you in quickly, so we can diagnose and treat the problem. 

Dental Cleanings and Exams in Waterville and Winthrop, ME

Has it been a while since you have been to the dentist? Schedule your next appointment at Smile Solutions of Maine. We offer professional, compassionate dental services to patients of all ages. We will give you high-quality dental care, whether you are coming in for a checkup or you have a dental problem.