A dental exam interval is dependent on the individuals oral health needs. For many people this is a dental exam and cleaning every 6 months. The goal of this is to catch small problems early. The dentist might recommend visiting more or less often based on the overall oral health of your oral cavity. Some questions to ask yourself to assess your oral health are: How often do you brush and floss? Do you eat a well balanced diet and avoid sticky and sweet foods? Do you smoke? Do you have a history of gum disease or cavities? How is your overall health including medications that you are taking? Are you a grinder?