Why should I go to the dentist regularly? (from ADA.org)

Although it is a common habit to visit your dentist only when there’s pain or a problem, it is highly advised to visit your dentist on a regular basis. The reason for getting rid of this common habit is that preventive treatment saves not only time and money, but also enhances optimal health rather than having to perform crisis treatment, which is when the disease has reached advanced stages and treatment could be time sensitive and necessary. Although it seems like you are saving money by not visiting your dentist regularly, you may end up with a larger dent in your wallet and time by visiting only when there is pain or a problem with your mouth. This is largely due to the fact that many dental-related issues do not initiate noticeable symptoms until the disease or infection is in its later more advanced stages. At this point, treatment is necessary and more costly requiring more labor and time. Therefore, it is highly advised to visit your dentist on a regular basis to provide care for the most optimal health for your mouth, teeth, and smile.