How often should I see a dentist?

Regular dental visits are a necessary preventative measure to ensuring optimum oral health across one’s entire life. When issues arise with your teeth, your life can be affected almost immediately. Whether its a minor toothache (possible sign of an emerging cavity), sudden acute pain, oral cancer, etc., a regular check-up helps ensure that you get to avoid these life occrences.

Catching a dental problem early on can reduce your pain and the costs associated with the work. Additionally, doctor Riley at Advanced Dentals Arts in Kansas City can help diagnose oral cancer and other health conditions in their early stages through regular checkups. This diagnosis can be vital to successfully treating these diseases.

Typically, one should see a dentist at least once a year for a regular check-up and cleaning. Since most people do not follow a 100% strict oral routine every day, most dentists suggest that you schedule a regular check-up and cleaning every six (6) months.

When should a child visit a dentist?

Most children visit a dentist around the time that their first tooth begins to come in. This typically occurs around the first birthday. In addition to examining your child’s mouth and tooth, your dentist should also provide you with advice on caring for your child’s early teeth and creating a oral routine with them as they grow.

As your child grows, your dentist may begin to change the frequency that he or she wishes to see them. For most children, the typical six (6) month period will be suggested. However, there may be cases when a child needs to be seen every three (3) months for continued evaluations.

Additionally, it is vital that you choose a dentist carefully for your child. Most children will only have one dentist during their childhood. The dentist can sometimes be scary for children, so creating a long term doctor-patient relationship between the child and the dentist can be vital in reducing the stress associated with a dental visit.

For more information about Dr. Riley and his Pediatric experience, please visit our prediatric dentistry page.

When should an adult visit a dentist?

Most dentists will advise you to visit them every 6–12 months during adulthood. This number can fluctuate quite a bit, depending on how rigid your oral routine is, your dental history, etc. Additionally, this number may be affected by your insurance policy. Most insurance companies require you to see the dentist every 6 months in order to access your full benefits.

You should also consider scheduling an appointment if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are being treated for cancer
  • Smoke
  • Have Diabetes
  • Have Heart Disease
  • Are HIV Positive
  • Are experiencing tooth or gum pain that does not subside
  • Have red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums
  • Have a sore in your mouth that does not heal
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Lose a filling, crown, or bridge
  • Chipped a tooth

You can schedule an appointment at our office through our online appointment form or by phone at: 816–452–1888.

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