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Why do I need a dental check-up?

A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any problems with your teeth and helps you keep your mouth healthy. If you leave problems untreated you could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with problems as soon as possible.


What happens during a dental check-up?

At each check-up, Dr. van Rensburg will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth.

  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last appointment.

  • Give you any advice needed on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.

  • Discuss a date for your next visit.


How often should I have a dental check-up?

After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up could be as short as three months or as long as two years.

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. People with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more frequently.