Visiting your dentist’s office every few months is a great idea. As lifestyles change and eating patterns change with time, the state of your teeth and gums may also change. Eating different kinds of food affects your teeth differently, and consulting a dentist – letting a dentist gauge the state of your teeth and gums- is important to ensure continued and future dental health. The American Dental Association advises people to generally try to visit the dentist every four months in the very least. According to many sources, every one in four Americans has to deal with dental problems after the age of 30, with the ratio rising dramatically after 50 years of age. Preventing tooth decay and gum disease early on can prevent the need for expensive orthodontic treatment later in life.