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What is the proper amount of time to elapse between visits to the dentist? Identifying an issue early, before it becomes a problem, will vastly improve the ability to repair the concern. If you wait too long between visits, dental disease can quickly make a negative impact on your life. So, how often should you go?

Dental Appointment Frequency for Children

Your children need to see the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears, or by the first birthday—whichever comes first. Normally, your dentist will schedule your child to come in for check-ups every 6 months after that.

Dental Appointment Frequency for Adults

The risks of tooth decay and gum disease factor into how often a dentist will want an adult to come in for appointments. Again, the standard schedule in order to recognize an issue before it becomes a real problem is twice a year but check with your dentist and your dental insurance. Many insurers will limit benefits if you are not following a regular schedule of 6-month visits.

Frequency Factors

Depending on the factors below, your dentist may want you to come in more frequently:

-Pregnancy

-Smoking

-Cancer

-Diabetes

-Heart Disease

-HIV

Dental emergencies

-Tooth pain

-Gum pain and swelling

-Mouth sores that don’t heal

-Teeth sensitivity

-Dental work problem

-Lost a filling

-Chronic dry mouth

-Pain or clicking in jaw

If you have questions about how often you should get a dental check-up, call Dr. Brick Scheer for more information. Please contact Scheer Dentistry to make an appointment at: 316-636-1222, or come by our office in Wichita, Kansas.