Going to the dentist every six months? These are the top three reasons why you need to visit your dentist biannually and do Teeth Cleaning.
1. Stop Gum Disease Before it Spreads
What is gum disease, gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum (periodontal) disease that can cause irritation, redness and swelling, or inflammation of the gingiva, the gum which surrounds the base of the teeth.
Visiting your dentist regularly is one of the best ways to detect gum disease. By diagnosing gum disease early, your dentist will be able to bring your gums to a healthy state.
Common symptoms of gingivitis include:
● Swollen or puffy gums
● Dusky red or dark red gums
● Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
● Bad breath
● Receding gums
● Tender gums
You should see your dentist as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms, in order to prevent gingivitis from progressing to periodontitis.
2. Prevent Plaque Build Up
Everyone has dental plaque. It is a sticky film consisting of food remains and saliva mixed with the bacteria from the mouth, which collects on the teeth and around the gum line. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is the best way to remove plaque. However, any plaque that isn’t removed will harden into tartar, and can only be removed by a dentist. Plaque that is not removed may be the cause of cavities, gingivitis (gum disease), and even tooth loss in severe cases. Regular dental check-ups help to disclose and remove the plaque in order to protect your teeth.
One of the clearest signs that you have plaque is a fuzzy feeling on the teeth. Other indicators are chronic bad breath (halitosis) and/or red, swollen, tender gums that bleed after brushing.
3. Protect Yourself from Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is painful! It takes time for tooth decay to develop. Visiting your dentist every 6 months ensures diagnosis of any underlying issues that may cause future tooth decay, and helps your dentist plan for the treatment of the affected tooth/teeth.
Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are areas in the hard surface of the teeth that are permanently damaged, which develop into tiny openings or holes. They are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in the mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and insufficient teeth cleaning.
Cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health problems. They’re especially common in children, teenagers and older adults, however, it applies to anyone with teeth.
Untreated, cavities get larger and affect deeper layers of the teeth. They can cause severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Regular dental visits, teeth cleaning & good brushing and flossing habits are the best protection against cavities and tooth decay.
What can you do to prevent caries?
● Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and ideally after every meal. Also, floss consistently to clean the teeth and the areas between your teeth.
● If your dentist believes you have a high risk of developing cavities, he or she may recommend that you use a mouth rinse with fluoride.
● Visit your dentist regularly to get your teeth cleaned and examined.
● Consider dental sealants: A sealant is a protective plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of back teeth. It seals off grooves and crannies that tend to collect food, protecting tooth enamel from plaque and acid.
● Avoid frequent snacking and sipping: Whenever you eat or drink beverages including sugar, your mouth bacteria create acids that can destroy tooth enamel. Therefore, snacking or drinking throughout the day means that your teeth are constantly under attack.
● Eat tooth-healthy foods: Some foods and beverages are better for your teeth than others. Avoid foods that get stuck in the grooves and pits of your teeth for long periods, or brush promptly after eating them. However, foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables increase saliva flow, and unsweetened coffee, tea and sugar-free gum help wash away food particles.
● Get fluoride treatments: Your dentist may recommend periodic fluoride treatments, especially if you aren’t getting enough fluoride through fluoridated drinking water and other sources. He or she may also recommend custom trays that fit over your teeth for the application of prescription fluoride if your risk of tooth decay is very high.
● Ask about antibacterial treatments: If you’re especially vulnerable to tooth decay — for example, because of a medical condition — your dentist may recommend special antibacterial mouth rinses or other treatments to help cut down on harmful bacteria in your mouth.
● Combined treatments: Chewing xylitol-based gum along with prescription fluoride and an antibacterial rinse can help reduce the risk of cavities.
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