For your dental health needs in and around Scarborough East, you may contact Dr. Oliver Griffel for an appointment at Neilson Dental Centre. Services at the clinic include tooth extraction, gum surgery, implant placement, crowns and bridges, porcelain veneer, fillings, gum disease control, and other general dentistry services.
One of the most common questions asked by patients is, “How often should I visit my dentist?”
In general, Dr. Oliver Griffel recommends a twice-a-year visit to the dentist, or every six months. Even if you have good oral health care habits and you take excellent care of your teeth and gums, regular check-ups with your dentist are still recommended just to make sure that your pearly whites are in tiptop shape.
A regular check-up serves as a preventive measure against common tooth and gum problems. Additionally, the dentist is the best person to identify problems that may not be visible to the patient. A good dental clinic has all the necessary tools and equipment for a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth; and the dentist has been trained to identify oral problems, including those that do not manifest any symptoms, like pain.
Parents are also advised to bring their kids to the dentist as early as six months after the appearance of their first teeth. This will help the kids get accustomed to the dentist, the clinical set-up, and the routine examinations early on, thus helping them to understand that dentists are their “friends” and not someone to be feared.
Neilson Dental Centre is a family friendly clinic that takes care of the oral health of everyone in the family, including children. Dr. Oliver Griffel, together with his team of dental hygienists and clinic staff make it a point to make each patient feel safe and comfortable while in their care. Their goal is to make patients, especially young kids, actually look forward to visiting the clinic for a routine check-up or treatment.
Going back to the question of how often an individual should visit the dentist, every six months is the recommended interval in general, as mentioned above. But there are people who are more prone to teeth and gum problems. High-risk patients who may need to visit the dentist more frequently than recommended include the following:
- People who smoke
- Diabetic patients
- Those who currently suffer from gum disease
Diabetic patients are advised to let their dentist know about their condition so that proper care can be applied.
If you belong to the above high-risk group, you may need to visit your dentist at least four times a year. Ask your dentist about frequency of visits as a preventive measure and make sure to follow your dentist’s recommendation accordingly.
Even if your teeth are in perfect condition, you will still greatly benefit from a routine check-up and cleaning.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Griffel at Neilson Dental Centre, please feel free to get in touch with him at your convenience. In the meantime, please take your time browsing through the rest of the site to learn more about him and his dental services.