When was the last time you paid your dentist a visit? If you are like many Americans, chances are it was quite some time ago. Lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, fear and the belief that oral health is an unnecessary factor in overall body health are some of the top reasons why people neglect visiting the dentist. However there are many reasons why your yearly check-ups are so important, not only for your oral health but for your overall health as well. You may practice perfect oral hygiene and your teeth may feel fine but regular dental check-ups aren’t strictly about addressing problems, they are primarily about prevention. There is still a chance food particles or other debris can get lodged between your teeth. There are also many foods and beverages that can wear down tooth enamel making them vulnerable to decay. The majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are generally irreparable, not to mention painful and expensive to treat. A thorough cleaning by a dentist twice a year is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.