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How often should I visit the dentist as an adult?

Posted Jul 3rd, 2018

How often should I visit the dentist as an adult?

The frequency of your visits to the dentist depends on a variety of oral health factors. Your dentist at Sheppard Yorkland Dental in North York will let you know how often you should visit our office during your appointment.

Regular Visits

There's no universally "correct" number of regular dental visits recommended in a given year, since dental health varies from person to person. Most dentists, however, recommend two visits each year. That way, even if your mouth is in perfect health, you can still get a professional cleaning and a checkup to make sure it stays that way.

Changes to Dental Health

In addition to your regular dental appointments, you should schedule an appointment when you notice any change in your dental health, particularly if there is any pain. Swollen or bleeding gums, chipped teeth, sensitivity to hot or cold, bad breath and persistent tooth pain are all issues that you should discuss with your dentist as soon as you notice them. Letting these issue fester will often makes the problem worse.

Dental Work

If you've had dental work, your dentist at Sheppard Yorkland Dental in North York may ask you to make follow-up and extra checkup appointments after the fact to ensure that the restoration is behaving as it should be.

High Risk Groups

Some people are at a higher risk of developing dental issues than others, and these people may need to see their dentists more often.

Pregnant Women

The spike in hormones during pregnancy can result in swollen gums, increased tooth decay and sensitive teeth. Pregnant women may need to see their dentists about any pain or changes they experience. Pregnancy can also increase the risk of oral infection, which can lead to preterm delivery. For these reasons, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits  if you are pregnant.


Smokers have a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay as a result of the ingredients in the cigarettes they smoke, and the drying effect that smoking has on the mouth. Without adequate saliva production, bacteria isn't effectively rinsed from the teeth. Though the best solution would be to quit smoking altogether, your dentist can talk to you about ways to care for your mouth.

Cancer Patients

Chemotherapy can result in dry mouth and jaw stiffness, issues that can significantly impact your quality of life. Your dentist will check to make sure no permanent damage is being done as a result, and help you figure out ways to cope.

How often should you go to the dentist as an adult?

In the end, it all depends on your unique needs, oral health, concerns and risk factors. However, for most people, one or two regular appointments throughout the year, in addition to any extra visits as recommended by your dentist, should be sufficient to keep your teeth healthy in the long term.

Contact our North York dentists today to learn more about how often you should visit the dentist.


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