Last time I went to the dentist was 3-5 years ago. Before that, I think that there were about 5 years between each of the previous appointments.
Fear doesn’t keep me away from the dentist. Fear is what causes me to go to the dentist. I’ve never had a cavity or dental problem, but every now and then I see or feel something that makes me worry. I want to go to the dentist as soon as possible then and nip any problem in the butt. So far it’s always turned out to be nothing.
I had a coworker who neglected going to the dentist for too long and ended up with all sorts of problems that ended up costing him thousands to get taken care of.
I don’t think you need to go to the dentist very often if you take care of yourself and don’t observe any problems, but if you do have a problem, then why would you want to take care of it as fast as possible before it gets worse?