When Should You Go For a Dental Checkup?

When Should You Go For a Dental Checkup?

Did you know that only 66.7% of the total population in the US goes for regular dental checkups as per the 2020 statistics? And it is estimated that one in four adults in America has untreated cavities. The low rate of dental checkups could be a reason for this.

Why Should You Go for Regular Checkups?

Dental health plays an important role in your general well-being. A healthy mouth indicates a healthy body. Oral conditions like gingivitis, tooth decay, and cavities could lead to more serious conditions if not diagnosed on time. 

Many dental health problems might not have symptoms until much later. These can only be diagnosed by regularly visiting a dentist. This is why you should always be consistent with your dental checkups.

How Often Should You See Your Dentist?

Every person is unique when it comes to dental health. While some people have serious dental issues, others would only be dealing with minor problems. So there is no one-size-fits-all schedule for dental checkups.

But, to be on the safe side, it is recommended by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for adults to have regular dental checkups at least once a year. Even so, some might need to go to the dentist at least twice a year.

The best way to know how often you need to have a dental checkup is to have one and get an assessment of your oral health. Through this assessment, your dentist would be able to tell you how often you should visit them.

Signs to Look Out For

Even if you regularly keep your dental appointments, these are some signs to look out for that tell you it's time to see your dentist:

  • Sensitivity - If your teeth feel sensitive to hot or cold, visit the clinic.
  • Bleeding gums - If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, it could be a sign of gum disease.
  • Bad breath or a bad taste that is persistent in the mouth 
  • Pain or swelling in the mouth, especially while chewing
  • Having malocclusion or an uneven bite

Most people do not consider dental health as a part of their physical health. Hence, many are reluctant to go for regular checkups. However, symptoms of most diseases that affect the entire body first appear in the mouth. This is why you must have regular dental checkups!

Schedule a dental checkup at Roshan Emam DDS at 850 Middlefield Rd. Suite 8, Palo Alto, CA 94301 by calling us on (650) 321-0340.


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