How often should people see a dentist?
One in five adults with natural teeth have, or have had, a moderate or severe problem with their gums; more than half of kids and teens have cavities; and 17 percent of Canadians reported not visiting a dentist in the past year because of the cost.
We discussed the survey—and ways to improve oral health—with Dr. Chris Lee, director of the emergency recall clinic at Dalhousie University’s Dentistry Faculty Practice.
The frequency depends on how healthy your teeth and gums are. “If someone doesn’t get a lot of cavities or have a lot of gum disease, once a year is good. If someone has no teeth, they [should see a dentist] once a year, because dentists check for things like oral cancer,” says Dr. Lee. “For people who have gum disease, as often as every three months.”
Your dentist may recommend frequent visits if you’re prone to tooth decay or if you’re a smoker.