It depends on any number of factors, but primarily on whether or not you have dental insurance. If someone does not have employer-provided health insurance, there are some plans that you can purchase individually. Many experts recommend that adults get a screening “smile check” at least once a year. Dentists will look for cavities and other problems, but they will also look for gum disease. Dentists are the only ones who can tell when someone has gum disease because it does not have symptoms in the early stages. Dentists are trained physicians that provide much more than just cleanings and cavity fillings to mitigate dental pain.

Dentist will do an examination of your teeth and gums.

They will look for anything that is unusual and different which could be a sign of a potential problem.

You should go to the dentist at least twice a year so they can do a thorough examination which includes checking your teeth, gums, face, neck, or throat. If you have problems with bleeding gums then you should visit the dentist more often.

Your dentist will also check for cavities, loose teeth, white or red patches on the gums and tongue, pain when biting or chewing that may indicate a problem, unexplained swelling or lumps in your mouth that could indicate cancer or other problems. They can also check your teeth to see if you might need braces. Sometimes a dentist can find signs of oral cancer or other health problems.

Doing a dental checkup every six months is recommended by most dentists. Some people, though, may need to go more often if they have any teeth or gum issues. You should definitely do it at least twice each year because this will help your dentist catch problems before they become serious.


They’ll also check the tartar on your tooth surfaces.

This is a good thing to do because tartar, also known as calculus or plaque, can lead to gum disease. You should brush your teeth at least twice every day and make sure you floss each night before you go to bed. This will help keep the tartar from forming on your teeth.

You should also go to the dentist every six months for a checkup. They’ll look for any problems your teeth might have, such as cavities or tooth decay. However, you probably won’t get your teeth cleaned unless you ask them to do so. If you have gum disease, they’ll remove the tartar from your teeth and the plaque from your gums.

You have a couple of options when it comes to oral hygiene. You can brush twice a day by using over-the-counter toothpaste and flossing every day. If you don’t want to do this, you can also get an electric toothbrush from the store to use instead. Many people find that it’s easier to use than manual brushing.

If you want, your dentist might recommend taking fluoride supplements or buying fluoride toothpaste. If they do this for you, make sure you buy the kind without sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which can damage your gums and teeth. Your dentist may also say that it’s a good idea to get a fluoride treatment from them every six months. In this case, the fluoride goes on your teeth and stays there for about 20 minutes. The fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening enamel.

In order to keep your teeth healthy, you should also watch what you eat and how much sugar it contains. Also try to reduce the amount of staining you get on your teeth, as this can lead to cavities. You should also drink less sugary drinks or alcohol.

Types of dental checkups and how often they should be done

Different types of dental checkups will detect different problems in the patient’s mouth. A dental hygienist can tell their patients what type of checkup they should receive based on their age and health history, but when do they need it? Here is a list of all types of checkups and how often you should schedule them:

Adult checkup: every six months

If you are over the age of 18, then you should be receiving an adult checkup at least once every six months. Your dental hygienist will use this time not only to clean your teeth but also to monitor for cavities or early lesions. Teenage checkup: every 3-6 months

Teens between the ages of 12 and 16 should have a checkup every 3-6 months. This is to make sure that their dental health is just as good as it needs to be for them to live a healthy life while they are still growing. Your hygienist will also use this time to let your teen know about all of the dangers of smoking, drinking, and eating too many sugary foods.

Child checkup: every 6 months

If you have children who are younger than the age of 16, then their dental health needs to be checked every 6 months. This is crucial because cavities or plaque can develop during these early years and lead to even more serious problems in the future.

Baby check-up: every 3 months

If you have a baby, then they should be receiving a checkup every 3 months. If the dentist finds any problems with their teeth and gums, they will need to see your child more often than that.  


On average, we all receive about 2 dental checkups every year or slightly less if we are just receiving a dental cleaning. However, if you have any specific problems with your teeth or gums then you may need to come into our office more often than that!

Our dental practice in Kitchener is conveniently located in the Krug Street Plaza, behind ScotiaBank, with the entrance facing Sherwood Avenue. When you visit our dental office you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of your whole family.

DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is no way to offer a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation.  Any advice provided is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.