Twice-annual visits to the dentist are an important step for upholding good oral and overall health. And we say patients should visit the dentist at least that often. If you are at an increased risk of gum disease, decay, or oral cancer due to your age, lifestyle habits, or genetic factors, Dr. Hortman may recommend you come into our office more often. Maybe it seems like a lot, but these preventive visits are truly the key to maintaining a healthy smile for a lifetime to come. Consider it a small investment in time for a big ultimate payoff.