Plenty of people resist the idea of visiting the dentist. Whether they are afraid of experiencing pain or they don’t like the sound of the drill, or they just don’t like being told what to do, some people will often allow several years to pass between visits to the dentist’s office. While this is a common practice of many of us, it is not recommended. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist once every 6 months. There is a reason for this recommendation. If you are one of these people who allows years to go by between dental visits, you could be putting yourself at risk of many dental problems and certain types of illness, like heart disease. Here is why visiting the dentist on a regular schedule is so important.