Regular visits to your dentist combined with daily brushing and flossing plus a healthy diet should help your teeth last a lifetime. Talk to your dentist about how often you should have an exam.
Why Visit the Dentist Regularly?
At regular exams, your dentist:
- Examines your teeth and gums to ensure they are in good shape
- Can spot serious health problems early, when they can be treated successfully
- Demonstrates how to brush and floss your teeth properly
- Professionally cleans your teeth and removes any debris which will contribute to cavities and gum disease
There are different ways to brush your teeth. Talk to your dentist about the best technique for you. Remember to:
- Brush at least twice a day
- Brush every exposed tooth surface
- Use a gentle, massaging motion
- Brush for two to three minutes
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Avoid brushing too hard
- Change your toothbrush every three months
- Never share your toothbrush or use someone else’s toothbrush
Flossing cleans between your teeth and below the gum line, areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. If you don’t floss, up to 35% of your tooth surface is not cleaned. It’s recommended that you floss at least once a day.