The answer to the first question really depends on your oral health needs. The reason why most dentists recommend visiting them every 6 months is so that potential problems or ailments can be caught early and dealt with before they become extremely difficult and costly to tackle. Depending on how well you take care of your teeth and gums, your dentist might suggest that you visit more or less often. Factors like how healthy your gums look or how easily plaque buildup on your teeth turns to tartar are all taken into consideration.
To judge whether or not it might be time for another dental visit, consider asking yourself:
- Do you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once every day?
- Do you eat a well-balanced diet that isn’t too high in sugar or starch?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you have a prior history of cavities or gum disease?
The answers will factor into your dentist’s assessment of your overall dental health.