Help Your Dentist to Help You

on Aug 27, 2015

You may not need to visit your dentist often. If you are lucky, you will only need routine check-ups and, now and again, a quick scale-and-polish.

Some people seem to inherit perfect teeth that need very little in the way of treatment, while others find themselves in the dentist’s chair more often than they would like. There are many ways in which you can maintain your teeth so that the time and money you spend at the dental surgery is kept to a minimum. Your dentist will help you to look after your teeth, but there is a lot you can do, too.

Make sure you clean your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before you go to bed. Brushing your teeth gives them more than a nice taste; it helps to reduce the tartar that causes plaque and removes bacteria-causing food particles from along the gum line, the surfaces of the teeth, and the spaces between them, so reducing the risk of gingivitis (gum disease). Many toothbrushes today have a tongue cleaner incorporated into the design; using this every time you brush your teeth will keep the tongue clean and healthy.

Flossing is another essential part of your daily teeth-cleaning regime, although only if it is carried out correctly. Many people find it difficult to floss efficiently; in this case, you will find other tools and materials available to make the job easier but just as effective.Interdental brushes, that look like mini bottle-brushes and are available in various sizes, are on sale wherever you find teeth-cleaning products. Another item to try is dental tape. It is slightly wider and bulkier than floss, and a lot easier to manipulate.

A mouthwash is a great idea but only if the one you choose contains the right ingredients. Buy one that contains chlorohexidene and you will have chosen the best one to help with all dental conditions including gum disease.Bear in mind that chlorohexidene temporarily stains the teeth, but the staining is removed with brushing.

Keep an eye on the amount of sugary drinks and snacks you take. Sugar is the number one cause of tooth decay andis found, either naturally or as an additive, in many of the foods we eat today.

Make and keep regular appointments with your dentist. You may feel it is a waste of time if you never need treatment, but part of the dentist’s job is to make sure that you are cleaning your teeth properly. He will also advise on the tools and techniques to use and, just as important, your diet. Another vital aspect of the dentist’s work is to check for signs of disease, including oral cancers. If he suspects anything, he will be able to refer you to the correct specialist for further investigation.

If you decide you would like to have your teeth whitened, always seek your dentist’s advice before buying an over-the-counter product to use at home.Using an inferior product may cause long term damage to the teeth. Some whitening products that are available in supermarkets and pharmacies can actually increase the sensitivity of teeth and should be avoided. Your teeth may not even be suitable for such a procedure, and your dentist is the best person to advise.

Your dentist will arrange for you to have dental check-ups every six months. If your teeth are very good, he may suggest yearly visits instead, but leave it to him to decide how often you need to see him.He is the expert so respect his advice and guidance.

By following the advice and tips in this article, you will be doing all you can to ensure that your teeth last for as long as possible, even for the rest of your life.

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