We cannot overstate the importance of seeing your dentist twice a year for routine visits. These visits help you address issues that you cannot do on your own at home. For example, if you have tartar on your teeth it is not something you can remove on your own. Tartar becomes very hard and requires scraping with dental tools to come off of your teeth. You can also get x-rays and have your gums measured to check if they are receding while at the dentist. All of these elements of visiting the dentist, and a number of others, make these visits essential for good oral health. As important as regular dental visits are, they are also relatively infrequent. The fact is your oral health is solely in your hands for the majority of the year. What should you do between dental visits to insure your maintain good oral health? The answer is likely one you know but its importance makes it worth repeating: brush, floss, eat a balanced diet, and call your dentist if a problem arises.
Hopefully you had the habit of brushing your teeth twice per day instilled into you during childhood. If not, it is an important habit to develop in adulthood. Brushing keeps plaque at bay which can help the look and health of your teeth. Visible plaque on your teeth can make them look dull and dirty. If left unchecked, plaque can turn into tartar and eventually lead to periodontal disease. Brushing properly and consistently can help prevent these consequences from occurring.
Flossing is one of the most neglected oral care tasks. Some people avoid flossing because it causes their gums to bleed and can be painful. The reality is that these are signs of a problem that can be resolved with more consistent flossing. Plaque can build up between your teeth and along your gum line and cause irritation. If you floss regularly you will start removing the plaque that is causing the irritation leading to gums that can handle the task without bleeding or hurting.
Everyone understands, at least on an intellectual level, that food and drink impact the body. When you eat the right balance of foods your body runs more efficiently and you feel better. Your teeth are also impacted by the diet you eat. Certain types of food are more problematic when it comes to leading to decay. In addition, teeth need a certain level of vitamins to remain healthy. Eating a balanced diet will generally provide your teeth with the nutrients they need without significantly increasing the risk of decay.
Staying on top of these three elements will go a long way toward helping you care for your oral health between dental visits. But, even people who are careful and consistent with their oral care routine develop problems from time to time. If you notice an issue between visits, give your dentist a call. The vast majority of oral health issues can be dealt with much more easily if they are caught early.