Going to the dentist for regular check ups is recommended by nearly every dentist and dental hygienist in the country. However, many people aren't sure why they go to have the same thing done every six months when they floss and brush well at home. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should get regular cleanings from your dentist. First, a dentist will be able to spot minor problems before they become major problems. For example, a good dentist will be able to point out a potential cavity before the tooth is fully decayed. This way, you can have it taken care of before it becomes a much more serious and painful issue. A cavity is just one of the problems a dentist could find. Avoiding dental health issues only makes them worse. The teeth will become more yellowed, sensitive, and prone to cavities the longer you avoid having them cleaned professionally.