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How much time should go by before you visit the dentist? Identifying an issue early, before it becomes a problem, will vastly improve the dentist’s ability to repair the concern. Tooth decay and gum disease can quickly become serious if you decide to wait too long between visits. So, how often should you go?

Dental Appointment Frequency for Children

As soon as a baby’s first tooth comes forth out of the gums. That is when you should make his/her first dental appointment. Also, If the teeth have not appeared by the first birthday, it is recommended that you see the dentist for an evaluation. After that, visits normally occur every 6 months.

Dental Appointment Frequency for Adults

The risks of tooth decay and gum disease factor in to 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 regularly schedule of 6 month visits.

Frequency Factors

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





-Heart Disease


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. Bergstein for more information. Please contact Plaza Dental PA to make an appointment at: 952-236-1888, or come by our office in Lakeville, Minnesota.