You may assume you should have a dental check-up every six months, but some people may not need to go so often and others may need more frequent checks.
We will suggest when you should have your next check-up based on how good your oral health is.
The time between check-ups can vary from three months to two years depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems.
A check-up allows us 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.
At each check-up, we would:
After your check-up, we will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up 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 check-up. 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 check-ups more often.
This advice is about routine check-ups only. You may have other appointments for dental treatments such as fillings, teeth cleaning (scale and polish), having a tooth taken out or emergency treatment.
If you have problems with your teeth between check-ups, contact the dental surgery to make an earlier appointment. In an emergency outside normal working hours, contact the surgery on its usual number and you will be told how to access emergency dental care.
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