Just like “An apple a day keep the Doctor away” is popular saying, so is “See your Dentist every 6 months!”.
I subscribe that you should see me every 6 months, if not even more often. I know in todays modern, busy world six months doesn’t seem like a long time, but a whole lot can happen in that time period. Half a year, or 180 days is a whole lot of time medically speaking.
Depending on whether you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t accumulate very much plaque (Yeah, you!) coming in every 6 months may seem like a bit of a waste. A quick cleaning and a cursory look over from me and you’re good to go. However, if you’re one of the people who does accumulate lots of plaque, (Bummer!) every 6 months isn’t often enough. You should really be getting your teeth cleaned at least every 3-4 months.
More importantly though, (and this goes for everyone, no matter how much plaque you accumulate) I need to see you every 6 months for a check up. I often hear “Why? Nothing hurts me!” Well, unfortunately pain isn’t a good indicator of dental health. Many things like infections and cavities just don’t hurt until they’re really rocking and rolling.
A quick visit with me, with diagnostic x-rays can find problems when they’re small and pain free, which lets me fix them for you quickly and cheaply. If coming in every 6 months keeps you from calling me Saturday night in pain, resulting in a fix that costs you thousands of dollars, that’s a win/win for everyone, right?