So how often do you really need a dental check-up? Your colleague in the next cubicle goes three times annually, and your best friend sees the dentist just once a year and your parents have never been to the dentist unless they have a problem. Confused?

Here's the professional answer to all your doubts. Even though many of us might think that our teeth are in good shape, regular visits to the dentist are very important. Your oral health depends on two factors: brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist every six months for an oral examination and professional teeth cleaning. You will not be alone in wondering why you need to visit a dental professional so often if you are taking good care of your teeth and gums. But even the most diligent of us can miss hard to reach areas of the mouth and leave them vulnerable to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

Your six monthly oral examination will ensure that your dentist spots any problem at an early stage and addresses these adequately. Moreover, regular professional teeth cleaning will ensure that one prevents many oral health issues from occurring in the first place – saving you both physical and financial pain that is sure to occur if you neglect your teeth and allow problems to develop. Periodic and timely care and prevention of diseases in the mouth are the best possible care you can give your teeth. Tackling problems early will save your teeth from Root Canal treatment of worse still, having to be extracted. So, spend your money and time wisely - get to the dentist on a regular basis rather than after things have gone wrong!