What to Expect if you Haven’t been to the Dentist in a While

We see many patients who sheepishly admit they haven’t been to the dentist in a year. Sometimes, we see people who haven’t been in ten years or more! This happens a lot with young people; once they leave their parents’ house, they stop getting dental check-ups, and then as they approach 30 and they become more mature, they start wondering…should I finally see the dentist to find out how my oral health is doing?

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Don’t worry, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we know it can be scary. The important thing is that you actually do go, because going to the dentist will do you a lot of good, not to mention, it will put your anxiety to rest. If you’ve had a dental hiatus, here are a few things you can expect.

Longer Teeth Cleaning

Teeth cleanings remove plaque and tartar that you can’t reach with your brush or floss. If you haven’t been to the dentist in years, you’ve had a lot of time for the plaque to build up on your teeth. In order to remove these plaque deposits, your dental hygienist will need to take extra time to do a thorough cleaning.


Unfortunately, if it has been a long time since you’ve seen the dentist, there is a chance you have at least one cavity that needs to be taken care of. There is no reason to be afraid of cavities though; most people have several throughout their lifetime. Getting a cavity filled is not uncommon and doesn’t take a lot of time. If you leave a cavity untreated, you may need to get a root canal or tooth extraction.

A Longer Dental Visit than Normal

You may have to visit your dentist a couple of times if you need extra work done on your teeth, especially if you haven’t been in a while. If you have cavities and need fillings, you may need to schedule those for one day and a teeth cleaning for another appointment. When you start going to the dentist regularly, you will notice that appointments often take less than an hour. However, if you haven’t been in a while, your dentist and dental hygienist will likely want to spend some more time with you to catch up on your oral health, and make sure they do a thorough job of your dental care.

Are you ready to get a head start on your oral health and schedule an appointment today? Make an appointment online or give us a call for a dental check-up or professional teeth cleaning now!

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Highland Oaks Family Dentistry

700 North Tarrant Pkwy, #102
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 402-2608