Caring for Your Oral Health: What Your Dentist Can Do

Caring for Your Oral HealthCaring for your teeth is as easy as brushing and flossing. The regular activity of brushing your teeth twice a day helps remove bacteria on the surface of your teeth. It also brushes away the bacteria-causing food particles stuck between teeth. For the stuff that’s stuck too deep for a toothbrush to remove, flossing will do the job.

Why regular dental visit matters?

Your dentist can remove the plaque that’s forming on your teeth. With regular dental cleaning, you won’t have to worry about tooth decay and other dental problems caused by negligence. Your dentist may also do other things for your oral health, and may even inspect you for signs of oral cancer.

Sometimes your dentist may recommend another dental practitioner, such as an orthodontist, if your teeth are crooked and need to be aligned. They may also work with a dental laboratory to fashion a dental appliance for you, such as dentures or dental implants, or veneers and similar appliances.

You may also need a dentist for wisdom teeth surgery. Not all people require surgery to remove these teeth. Those are the people who are fortunate enough that their wisdom teeth are in normal position, leaving the other teeth unaffected. As for the others who have wisdom teeth growing and affecting their other teeth, surgery is important. If you don’t have such wisdom teeth removed, they may cause decay, infection, or other problems with other teeth.

How often should you see a dentist?

Visit your dental office at least twice every year. This is enough for having your teeth cleaned by your dentist, and also for inspection of your mouth. As for those who are having work done on their teeth, such as those who are wearing braces, they may have a different schedule for seeing their dentist.

Regular dental care is important for keeping dental problems away. Stick with oral hygiene practices and always keep your dental appointments.