How Often Should Someone Have a Dental Checkup?

Posted on: November 2, 2018

The frequency of checkups and cleanings may vary based on a person’s oral health. Some people may be more predisposed to dental health issues and require more regular checkups. Other people may only need to visit the dentist annually. Depending on the dental needs of a person, the American Dental Association recommends one to two visits per year to keep teeth healthy, prevent further oral health issues, and support overall health.

Regular visits

Dental health varies from one person to another. Based on the person, the dentist may require dental checkups and cleaning based on the level of risk for cavities or gum disease. In addition to brushing and flossing, oral health can be improved by visiting the dentist regularly. During routine checkups, the dentist may detect early signs of disease and treat the issues at a manageable stage.

Additional visits

Changes to dental health

In addition to regular visits, one should also schedule an appointment with the dentist if they notice changes to their dental health. The following issues can be discussed upon noticing them:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Persistent tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

Any pain or symptoms that suddenly appear should be checked out by the dentist. A visit to the dentist may need to be scheduled if there are other diagnosed health issues or diseases. Talking with the dentist regarding other health issues will determine how they may relate one's dental health.

Dental work

Follow-up and checkup appointments may be required after dental procedures to make sure that they produce the desired results. Whether it involves getting a crown or having a cavity filled, a follow-up appointment allows the dentist to reassess the work done. The dentist may also answer any questions related to personal care after the completed procedures.

Benefits of regular dental checkups

Having regular dental checkups offers many benefits to one's health. Some of these benefits include:

  • Prevention of gum disease: Regular dental appointments may help prevent plaque build-up, which can cause the early stage of gum disease. If untreated, it can progress to a more advanced stage known as periodontal disease.
  • Maintain teeth that are healthy and white: In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, annual or biannual dental checkups can also help keep your teeth healthy. They can help remove surface stains and plaque build-up that may not be removed by oral health care methods at home.
  • Prevention of bad breath: Dentists recommend cleaning once or twice per year to ensure that your breath stays fresh.


Regular visits to the dentist are essential to one's oral health. The frequency depends on the individual's health, risk factors, and present concerns. Even without cavities, it's good to see the dentist regularly to prevent any potential dental problems. Routine dental checkups can help keep your family’s teeth healthy. It is also a good way to maintain a healthy dental hygiene. 

If you have any questions regarding dental checkups or if you like to book your next appointment, contact our dental office. We can help you make informed decisions about your dental treatments so you can achieve good oral health.

Request an appointment here: or call Edison Dental Health Center at (732) 738-5650 for an appointment in our Edison office.

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