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Why should I see my dentist every six months?

Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
For most people, visiting the dentist twice a year is recommended. In this video, Dante Gonzales, DMD, explains that depending on your health, some people may need to go to the dentist more often.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

While some people consider dentist visits as optional as a side of mayo, you do need to see a dentist every six months (or every four, if you have gum issues). it's especially important if you have a family history of gingivitis. Why? Because no matter how much you brush, or if you floss with the speed of an expert fiddler, you simply can't dig up and obliterate all the gum-destroying plaque that's deposited between your teeth and near your gums. Dental hygienists have those fun ultrasonic thingies and lovely hooks that do this well. Plus, early detection of gingivitis will make it easier to treat.

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