Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
National Smile Months 3rd key message.
Why do I need to visit the dentist regularly?
As we have already discussed plaque bacteria that causes tooth decay can build up on your teeth wit
hin hours of brushing, so your teeth and gums are under regular attack from the bacteria. This means that your teeth and gums can quickly deteriorate in areas of your mouth that you cannot see.
The problem is tooth decay and gum disease can start without you feeling any symptoms. That means by the time that your teeth are causing you pain it can often mean more advanced problem which requires complex treatment to sort it out . Dentists can use magnified lenses to check on the health of your teeth and gums as well as check in-between your teeth using x-ray radiography. That way they can give you the correct preventative advice early to help you keep your mouth in tip top shape.
Dentists also check for oral cancer, jaw joint problems, aesthetic concerns and can help in reducing certain types of migraines. They can also detect general systemic conditions such as anaemia as they often first show signs in the mouth.
Can’t I just see a hygienist?
It’s an excellent habit to regularly see a hygienist to help keep your gums healthy. They are expert in dental health advice and treating gum disease. Dentists, however, have had the extensive training and qualifications to diagnose dental health conditions and help can ensure that your entire mouth is kept healthy.
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