Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

The six-monthly dental check


The six-monthly dental recall has been a mainstay of the dental profession for years but where did the recommendation come from and is it evidence-based?


  1. Benn, D, Leake, J and Sheiham, A Correspondence on by Douglas Benn, James Leake and Aubrey Sheiham.

  2. Fauchard, P The Surgeon Dentist or Treatise on the Teeth 1746) Vol II Translation London: Butterworth 1946:4.

  3. The Tooth-ache by Horace Mayhew with illustrations by George Cruikshank. London: D Brogue, 1849.

  4. Sheiham, A Is there a scientific basis for six-monthly dental examinations? Lancet 1977) 2 8035442–444.

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Richards, D. The six-monthly dental check. Evid Based Dent 3, 61 (2002).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

Further reading


Quick links