We recommend that you visit your dentist every six months or twice a year. This frequency level works well for most people, although some people with gum disease, a genetic predisposition for plaque build-up or cavities, or a weakened immune system might need to visit the dentist more frequently for optimal care.
Also, keep in mind that certain life events — particularly those that cause stress or illness — might cause changes in the mouth or the development of an infection, and might make more frequent visits to the dentist necessary.
At the other extreme, people who have taken great care of their teeth and gums, and have gone years without any problems whatsoever might choose to lengthen the time between visits. Ask your dentist what visitation schedule works best for your state of dental health.
The three biggest reasons that most strongly support the twice-yearly visitation schedule are:
1. So that your dentist can check for problems that you might not see or feel
2. To allow your dentist to find early signs of decay (decay doesn’t become visible or cause pain until it reaches more advanced stages.)
3. To treat any other oral health problems found (generally, the earlier a problem is found, the more manageable it is.)