For many people, going to the dentist isn’t a priority. Many factors can cause people to avoid the dental office, including fear of having dental work done, not making the time in their busy schedule, or thinking they don’t need to because their teeth appear healthy. If you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist, you may be wondering if regular dental care is really necessary. The answer is absolutely! Here’s what you should know about how going to the dentist regularly could benefit you.

How Often Should Someone Visit the Dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children and adults visit the dentist every six months for routine dental exams and cleanings. While this may seem too often, doing so can play an essential role in preventing oral health problems from arising. Even if you have good oral hygiene and your teeth and gums appear in good condition, a closer look by a trained eye may prove otherwise. 

Why Is It Important to Visit the Dentist?

By visiting the dentist twice a year, you can maintain a healthy smile for life. Routine dental exams and cleanings can protect your smile from developing diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease. Likewise, dental checkups can help detect oral health concerns that have developed early, meaning a smoother treatment plan. 

How Long Can You Go Without Visiting the Dentist?

When you skip your routine visits, you’re essentially gambling with your oral health. The length of how long you can go without going to the dentist depends on your oral hygiene routine, lifestyle choices, and genetics. Even if you’ve made it several years of avoiding the dentist without experiencing a dental concern or emergency, doing so is never a good idea. The best way to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and beautiful for years is to take advantage of preventative dental care, including visiting the dentist regularly.

What Should Someone Expect During a Dental Visit?

Dental appointments may sound intimidating to many patients, but they couldn’t be easier at Restoration Dental. During your routine dental checkup, here’s what you can expect to take place:

  • A dental assistant will take X-rays of your mouth to show the dentist what is happening beneath the surface of your mouth. They will also ask you about your oral health history. This is quick and painless.
  • The dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and the inside of your mouth for potential abnormalities or signs of oral cancer. 
  • If we identify any oral health concerns, we will create a personalized dental treatment plan to restore the well-being of your smile.
  • After your dental exam, a dental hygienist will remove the sticky plaque from your teeth that can lead to cavities and gum disease. 
  • Next, they will apply a fluoride solution to the surface of your teeth to protect them until your next exam and cleaning.

Schedule Your Dental Visit at Restoration Dental

If it’s been a while since your last dental visit, the compassionate team at Restoration Dental wants to show you how convenient and comfortable caring for your oral health can be. We strive to offer each of our patients the best in professional, judgment-free dental care in a relaxing setting. Don’t wait another day to make the health of your teeth and gums a priority. Contact us today to schedule your routine dental exam and professional cleaning at Restoration Dental. We look forward to giving you a reason to smile!


Fadi Naioom


I am Dr. Fadi Naioom, a dedicated dentist who graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in 2014. After realizing my dream of opening my own dental office in Phoenix Valley amidst the 2020 pandemic, I have committed myself to delivering personalized, comprehensive dental care to my patients. Beyond dentistry, I am a family man and a movie enthusiast, appreciating every moment I spend with my wife Mary and our two children, Micah and Emma.