How to keep your teeth healthy?

What can you do to keep your teeth in good condition?

Like any part of your body, your teeth require a great deal of attention and care on a daily basis. Neglecting your teeth can lead to numerous problems that can range from discolouration and cavities to tooth extractionThe process or act of removing a tooth or tooth parts. or disease in the jaw bone. Consequently, there are certain steps you should take to keep your teeth healthy.

Primarily, you need to have a robust and rigourous oral hygiene routine. This involves not only brushing your teeth but also cleaning between your teeth each day. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Additionally, flossing will allow you to reach in between the gaps of your teeth and remove morsels or food before the bacteria accumulates and creates plaqueA soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives., which leads to decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure..

You should be visiting your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year, at six months intervals for check-ups. This will allow your dentist to examine your teeth and catch any problems early. The earlier they find problems in your teeth the less serious the potential treatment will be, for example rather than having a root canalThe portion of the pulp cavity inside the root of a tooth; the chamber within the root of the tooth that contains the pulp. surgery you may only need a fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain..

Finally, you should consider your diet and what type of food and drink you consume regularly. Sugary foods and drinks can cause decay and gum disease, whilst coffee and wine will also stain your teeth. Eating and drinking unhealthy foods is not a major problem, providing it is done in moderation and within guidelines.

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