How often should you visit your Winchester dentist? What happens at check-ups? Find out why regular visits to your Winchester dental practice are a core part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

When should I start visiting my Winchester dentist?

Everyone should visit the dentist regularly. If you haven’t seen a dentist in the past year and your dentist hasn’t given any instructions on when you next need to visit, make an appointment now.

Children should start visiting the dentist once their baby teeth start to appear – make their first appointment before their first birthday.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Most people need to visit the dentist twice a year. Sometimes teeth need a little more regular care (and sometimes less) so when you visit our Winchester dental surgery we’ll tell you whether you should visit every 6 months or more or less frequently.

What happens when I visit the dentist?

There are two parts to every check-up: the check-up itself, and the cleaning.

The check-up:

During the check-up our Winchester dentists will check for cavities, plaque or tartar on your teeth.

We’ll then check your gums to ensure they show no signs of gum disease.

Finally, we will check your tongue, throat and neck to ensure there are no irregularities or swellings that could suggest infection or disease.


If tartar has built up on your teeth you won’t be able to remove it by brushing. We will remove any tartar in a process known as ‘scaling’ using tools called scalers.

Once we’ve finished scaling your teeth they will usually be polished using a gritty paste and a high speed polishing tool. This helps remove some of the discolouration your toothbrush may not have been able to shift.

What should I do between visits to my Bristol dentist?

It’s important to care for your teeth every day. That way you’ll enjoy healthier teeth and gums and need less treatment when you visit our Winchester dental surgery.

Brush twice a day

Use a toothpaste with fluoride

Brush for two minutes, and remember to clean every surface of your teeth: fronts, backs and tops.

Spit but don’t rinse – let the toothpaste do its work

Clean the areas between your teeth with dental floss

Use a mouthwash – it helps reduce plaque bacteria and keeps your breath fresh