Question:  Is it necessary to take kids to see a dentist every six months? It seems overkill and just a way for the dentist to make more money. My kids go to the dentist once a year and, so far, are cavity-free. Even for myself, it has been more like three years since I saw a dentist, but I do not have any dental issues. I do not have current dental insurance for my family, but even if I did, I do see going to the dentist twice a year as necessary.

Reply: At the end of the day, you choose what you want to do for yourself and your kids. It is advised to see the dentist at least twice a year to maintain good oral health. It takes a short time for tooth decay to happen. Most insurance plans offer free to very low-cost preventive dental care so that you can visit the dentist at the recommended times.