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How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

There’s no question that regular dental check-ups are important for maintaining good oral health and preventing dental problems like decay and gum disease from occurring in the future. However, the frequency of your dental visits will mostly depend on your needs and the current health of your teeth, gums, and bites.

As a rule, it’s recommended that you visit the dentist twice a year (or every six months). But if you suffer from gingivitis or advanced gum disease, you might have to visit more regularly to bring your condition under control.

If you’re unsure about how often you need to visit, you can always ask our dentists during your check-up. They will work with you to create a treatment plan that tackles your problems and boosts your oral health.

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Determine how frequently you need a check-up

If your teeth and gums are in good health

For many patients, biannual dental visits will be sufficient to keep their teeth and gums healthy. By attending regular check-ups and keeping your teeth clean and healthy at home, both you and the dentist can take a proactive, preventative approach, where we can detect issues like cavities early on, preventing their progression and reducing the need for extensive and costly interventions at a later stage.

What your regular check-ups will include

During routine check-ups the dentist typically performs a comprehensive examination of your oral health, checking for cavities, the condition of the teeth, tongue, and bite. Often during the same appointment, they will assess your overall oral hygiene practices and provide professional teeth cleaning treatments that remove plaque and tartar build-up, which regular brushing and flossing often miss.

If your teeth and gums need more attention

It’s not uncommon for many individuals in the UK to require more frequent dental visits to combat their unique oral health problems.

For example, if like most patients, you have a history of gum disease, which is hugely common, or extensive cavities, we’ll need to schedule more frequent appointments to monitor your condition and prevent complications that can cause damage to your teeth and gums later down the line.

Your regular check-ups might be more extensive and involve more rigorous hygiene sessions that deep clean under the gums to keep them free from harmful bacteria.

Age will also determine the frequency of your visits

How old you are can also be a factor in how often you should visit the dentist.

For example, children and teenagers tend to require more frequent dental visits to ensure their teeth and jaws are developing correctly, as well as ensuring preventive measures are taken like fluoride treatments and sealants to further protect their growing teeth from decay.

In comparison, older adults tend to require check-ups that address age-related oral health concerns like tooth wear, erosion, gum recession, dry mouth, sensitive teeth or missing teeth. Additionally, the dentist might recommend you visit the dentist more regularly if you have a diet that’s high in sugar if you have poor oral hygiene habits or if you smoke.

Certain medications can also affect your oral health.

Age can also be a determining factor in how often you should visit the dentist. Children and teenagers may need more frequent dental visits as their teeth and jaws are still developing, and preventive measures such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants can help protect their growing teeth from decay.

On the other hand, older adults may require more frequent dental check-ups to address age-related oral health concerns such as tooth wear, gum recession, and dry mouth.

Maintaining your teeth at home can reduce your visits

There’s no doubt that maintain good oral hygiene habits at home, like brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day, using mouthwash, and taking extra measures to keep your teeth from decay can reduce how many appointments you need.

By sustaining these daily habits, you’ll be helping to prevent dental problems from occurring, and by simultaneously scheduling regular check-ups with the dentist, you’ll be more likely to enjoy a lifetime of healthy, strong teeth and gums.

Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!
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