Why do I need to come to the dentist every six months?

We recommend that most people have their oral conditions examined twice a year. And in some patients, based on the condition of their teeth and mouths, we recommend visits every three or four months. This has basis in the time frames that it takes for detrimental conditions to re-establish, and begin causing damage in your mouth. This may include tartar build-up, plaque build-up, active decay history, home-care quality, and countless other factors. But the simplest explanation is that in the general population, six months is the average time that allows us to monitor your oral health, and keep you healthy throughout your life.