Not everyone needs to have an examination every six months. Now, the frequency of how often you need to visit the dentist is determined by a number of factors that your dentist will discuss with you.


The dentist may advise you to come for a time period of between three and twenty four months. In our clinic, if you require dental treatment such as fillings, we will advise a shorter recall period such as three or six months, and if at your next appointment there is no disease present we will increase the recall period.


Why do I need a dental examination?

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 examination?

At each examination appointment we will:

  • 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 examination?

After your appointment, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next examination could be as short as three months or as long as two years (or up to one year if you're under 18). Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next examination. 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 examinations more often.


If you have problems with your teeth between examinations, contact us to make an earlier appointment and we will arrange a suitable appointment for you.

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