It’s no secret that your dental health is important. After all, your teeth and gums allow you to eat and speak. But how often should you have a dental check-up? The answer is not a ‘one size fits all’ — it depends on your individual situation and the current health of your mouth.
When to book your next dental check-up
Knowing how long to keep the interval between your dental checkups is crucial. It could be the difference between healthy teeth and having an extraction to remove disease and bacteria. And, let’s face it, no-one enjoys an extraction. When recommending your check-up and clean frequency, there are three zones that your dentist may allocate you into. Read on to learn more.
The green zone
The green zone is when the health of your mouth is considered satisfactory by your dentist. It’s where everyone should aim to be. When in the green zone, your dentist will often recommend a check-up and clean interval of 6 to 12 months. During this time, you should continue a daily oral hygiene routine of brushing with toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Remember, being in the green zone doesn’t mean you should be complacent. And, if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, it’s important to book in for an appointment as soon as possible.
The orange zone
The orange zone is when your dentist has noticed minor irregularities in the health of your mouth. This could include a small cavity or slight sensitivity. When put in the orange zone by your dentist, they will often advise you to return for a check-up every 6 months at maximum and be more vigilant with your daily oral hygiene routine. This may involve reducing sugary drinks and food and increasing your water intake to assist in removing plaque build-up.
The red zone
The red zone is when your dentist considers you a high-risk patient. This could mean they’ve diagnosed you with gum disease, have noticed teeth wearing, or they’re worried about the overall health of your mouth. When in this zone, your dentist will recommend a check-up interval of 3 months or less. You may also be required to undergo an emergency dental procedure such as an extraction or to take medication to fight infection.
Contact Gosford Family Dentist for your regular dental check-up
At Gosford Family Dentist, our professional team of dentists have years of experience helping patients to maintain their oral health with regular check-ups and prevent disease. If you’re unsure as to when to book in your next check-up, contact our friendly reception staff on (02) 4325 3221.