Hi. My name is Dr. Nia Patel, and one of the questions that I get a lot is how often should I see my dentist. The typical answer is ever six months, however this came about due to research in the '60s when dentists were finding out that tartar was building up on patients' teeth about every four to six months.
These days, you should see a dentist customized based on your dental needs, your dental health, and your overall health. For example, if you have braces and you're seeing your orthodontist, you should see the dentist every two months for a cleaning and check up because there are more areas where you can get inflammation, and where you cannot remove the debris yourself.
Secondly, if you are diabetic, you may need to see the dentist three times a year or four times a year based on your health, and your overall health; not just your dental health. All said, there are many patients that have periodontal concerns and periodontal disease. With this, patients have to be seen at least four times a year.
So the best answer to this question is see your dentist; make sure that your dental needs and your dental health, as well as your overall health, is driving how often you are seeing the dentist.