There are several important reasons to visit the dentist on a regular basis rather then only on an emergency occasion. Usually at the check-up appointment, the dentist will examine you by ordering radiographs and doing a thorough medical history. The dentist will assess your mouth for any abnormalities, as well as assess your jaw joint and all your teeth. If there are problem areas, these can be detected and corrected before they get bigger. In cases of gum issues, remember that some of these changes if not addressed early are very difficult to treat. For children, their first dental visit should be when the first tooth erupts. This should prevent dental problems from starting in the child. Advances in technology have made it uncommon to find kids who don’t like going to the dentist. Remember the old age – prevention is the best medicine. This applies to Dentistry as well.