In this part of the world, we count little or no importance in visiting a dentist. Even if you take good care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see a dentist regularly. Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages e.g. cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. A regular visit to your dentist allows him/her to find early signs of disease. At a manageable stage, most problems can be treated.
On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for most people but not everyone. Some can get away with fewer visits while others may need frequent visits. People with a very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year while people with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months or more. This high-risk group includes:
- Pregnant women
- People with current gum disease
- People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque
- People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
The schedule for any person may change during a lifetime. In times of stress or illness, you may need to see the dentist more often than usual. The dentist may help you to fight off a temporary infection or treat changes in your mouth.
If you take good care of your teeth and gums at home and your dentist doesn’t find any cavities or gum disease for a few years, he or she may choose to lengthen the time between visits. Ask your dentist the best schedule for your routine dental visits.
Compiled by Temitope Ikusika