Keeping your teeth healthy starts at home with your oral hygiene regime. Making sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for three minutes or so and flossing too guards against the build up of plaque which can attack your teeth and cause them to decay. But it is important that, in tandem with your home routine, you visit your dentist every six months so that your mouth can be examined by an expert.
Your dentist will be looking for the early signs of disease in your mouth. Your teeth will be thoroughly examined for signs of excessive plaque which can lead your teeth decaying. If this is allowed to progress then painful cavities might form, which will require fillings.
Your gums will also be examined, as gum disease actually accounts for more tooth loss than tooth decay itself. Healthy gums are pink and free from red patches or bleeding. Dentists today are trained to look out for signs of oral cancer too so that it can be treated early if it is present.
If you are anxious about attending dental check ups you should know that dental practice has changed a lot. Modern dentists are extremely concerned with putting their patients at ease using soothing music and DVDs and you shouldn’t be embarrassed about the state of your teeth if you haven’t had a check up for a while.
Make sure you are visiting your dentist every six months so that your mouth can be examined. Catching problems early lessens the likelihood of needing invasive surgery to rectify problems which have been allowed to progress.