How often should I see the dentist for a check up and cleaning?
Most children and adults should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check up every six months. People at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check-ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check-up. The government also provides benefits for dental examinations and scale and polishes. To find out your entitlements please view www.welfare.ie/publications/sw24.html