Family Dentistry El Paso: How Often Should You See a Dentist?

How Often Do You Really Need to See the Dentist?

It’s a question that you have probably asked yourself before–”do I really need to be seeing my dentist every six months even if he or she never finds anything wrong with my teeth?” The answer, of course, is that it probably depends. There are a number of questions that you should ask yourself, but the team at Apilado Family Dentistry is here to help you navigate your way through the decision making process.

Whether you don’t mind seeing the dentist and you’re looking to make the decision from a practical standpoint or you have always been terrified of a trip to the dental office and you’re looking for any excuse you can find to talk yourself out of going, we find that people generally question the suggestion of seeing their dentist twice a year. And, wouldn’t you know it, that’s the topic that we’re going to explore in today’s blog! Keep reading to learn more.

A Few Things to Consider

How Many Cavities Have You Had?

If you’ve never had a cavity in your life, chances are that your dentist might agree that you could come in less often. On the other hand, if you find that you always have a toothache, you’ve had a bunch of cavities, or there is some other issue, you may need to come in more regularly. Of course it’s still a good idea to make sure that you follow some type of schedule no matter what your oral health looks like and your dentist should be able to help you make this decision. This ensures that you and your dentist are on the same page regarding the overall picture of your oral health.

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How Much Cleaning Does Your Dentist Have to Do?

Some people are expert tooth brushers and find that their dentists always find the condition of their teeth remarkable. Others will find that no matter how hard they work to keep their molars clean that they just can’t quite get it right and will need the help of their dentist to get that particular area clean. When you come in for your scheduled check up, we’ll do a cleaning and keep you in the loop about what we find.

What Are Your Motives?

We referenced this one earlier, but you do also have to consider your own motives while making your decision. Take, for example, the person who wants to save money. For that person, finding an affordable dentist might be the key to making sure that your needs are met. (Quick side bar–we pride ourselves on being affordable!) Another person might be afraid of the dentist because they had a bad experience in the past and want to put off another trip in. (Another side bar–we are calm, gentle, and understanding of people who have had bad experiences!)

At the end of the day, how often you see the dentist is your choice, but it’s a choice you should make after having consulted with your dentist and having come to an agreement. If it’s time for you to have a checkup, we’d love to see you. Schedule an appointment today!