Ask a Dentist

July 19, 2020

Q: Do I Really Need A Dental Appointment Every 6 Months?

Empty dental chair with a tv in the ceiling for patients to watch

Both of our Winnipeg dental clinics encourage you to visit your dentist for a check up and cleaning every 6 months. Some people need to come in less or more frequently. It all depends on your oral health and habits. 

Dental checkups are important to catch small problems before they become big, expensive (and painful) problems. Generally, this means coming in for a visit every 6 months. Some questions to ask yourself include:

  • How often do I floss? 

                   Flossing every day reduces the risk of gum disease and keeps the space between your teeth clean

  • Do I brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste? Am I brushing properly? 

                    Brushing your teeth incorrectly can be detrimental to your pearly whites, so make sure you’re taking your time and using circular strokes as you brush

  • Am I eating a balanced diet? Am I limiting how much sugar I eat? 

                    Your overall health starts at your mouth, if you’re eating well it will show in your teeth

  • Do I smoke? 

                    Smoking is one of the leading causes of poor oral health, causing severe gum disease, tooth decay, staining and oral cancer

  • Do I have a history of cavities and gum disease? How often have I had to get a filling? 

                    It’s possible that you’re more inclined to get cavities which would require more frequent checkups and cleanings

  • How is my health overall? Do I have any other health issues? 

                    Other health concerns can have an impact on your oral health, for example, if you have diabetes you may be at a higher risk of getting gum disease

Most importantly, ask your dentist how often you should come in for a checkup and cleaning. They get a good look at your mouth and can compare your dental history to your current dental situation. Having regular dental checkups and cleanings will greatly improve your oral health and decrease the odds of having to have more extensive work done in the future. Book your appointment today at either our St. Vital or Garden City dental clinics.