Visiting the dentist every six months is something that many people do as children because their parents drag them there that often. In the case of some resistant children, it actually is physically a matter of that, dragging them kicking and screaming. It’s second only to doctor visits where they know they’re going to get a shot.
It’s good that people learn to care for their teeth as children and keep up brushing twice a day, perhaps maintaining flossing and rinsing as well. However, many adults start slacking off on going to the dentist every six months. This is something of a disappointment given that many full-time jobs come with dental benefits that make seeing a dental professional regularly an affordable thing to do.
However, adults face a challenge kids do not: motivation. Parents make their kids go to the dentist, but an adult might brush and do other hygiene things regularly and see teeth and gums that look fine for now in their mirror. As long as their smile is okay, why bother sitting under that bright light with someone uncomfortably poking and prodding inside their mouth?
The truth is, even if an adult smile looks great in the mirror, and even if an adult is brushing, rinsing, and flossing daily, there can still be plaque build-up and possibly even cavities and the initial signs of gum damage. Regular cleanings can reverse a lot of this, and a professional inspection of a person’s mouth by a qualified individual can prevent a lot of issue from either happening or let them be caught early on enough that treatment is not really an issue.
Dentists are never fun to go to, but even adults who care for their teeth every day need to see one regularly.