How often should you go to the dentist?

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Good oral hygiene is the best way to ensure that your teeth remain strong and healthy and there are several regular steps you must take to ensure this. One of the most well known is brushing your teeth twice a day, usually first thing in the morning and then in the evening before bed. However, you should also add cleaning in between your teeth (i.e. flossing) into this routine as it enables you to extract bacteria and food that has become lodged in between your teeth, and if left could cause cavities and gum disease.

However, one of the most vital things you should be doing to keep your teeth healthy is visiting your dentist regularly. Your dentist will recommend the best frequency for you booking an appointment, on average visiting every six months will allow the dentist to examine your teeth and also catch any issues such as plaqueA soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives. build-up before it manifests as something more dangerous such as cavities forming or the tooth becoming infected.

Additionally, you should also be visiting your hygienist twice a year as well. Hygienists can provide a detailed inspection of your gums and check for any severe damage to your gums whilst recommending better brushing and flossing techniques.

Visiting the dentist is a key part of a robust oral hygiene routine. Neglecting these visits at least twice a year or cancelling appointments could have serious consequences and rather than just needing a check-up, you may require more costly treatments.

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