Most of the people visit a dentist only when they are facing difficulties. But visiting a dentist on a regular basis is advised because dental problems cannot be predicted from symptoms and we have very little time to react. For example, tooth decay is a painless disease and when left unchecked it may lead to root canal procedure instead of simple dental fillings.
So, making regular visits to a dentist helps you to maintain oral hygiene.
Using tooth brushes with soft bristles is highly recommended as medium and hard bristles can damage your teeth and gums. Both manual and automatic tooth brushes clean well. When it comes to selecting a toothpaste, it depends on your requirement like whitening, sensitivity, etc. However, it is recommended to use only IDA approved products as they come with a guarantee.
Brushing your teeth helps you to remove any bacteria present in the mouth. There are certain areas in your mouth where brushing will not remove all the bacteria and hence the need for floss. If you do not floss the plaque hardens and become tartar. This tartar cannot be removed by brushing. You need to visit a dentist for tartar removal.
At your next consultation ask your dentist to show you the perfect way to floss.
By maintaining oral hygiene cavities can be avoided. Brushing your teeth for two to three minutes followed by flossing helps you to remain cavity free. Also watch the sugar consumption as bacteria feeds on sugar to grow which may cause cavities. Making regular appointments with your dentist to maintain oral hygiene helps in the prevention of cavities.
With latest advancements in technology the procedure of tooth extraction can be made painless with the help of sedation dentistry. With the use of local anaesthesia, the procedure can be made painless however, after the anaesthesia wears out a mild discomfort can be felt.
This decision is taken based on your present oral health. Upon your first visit ask your dentist about making a plan to maintain oral hygiene. Typically, once or twice a year will be sufficient to maintain oral health.
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