Your teeth aren’t only functional, but they’re also a significant part of your appearance. Although the basic function of your teeth and gums is to properly digest food, we all know that having clean teeth and fresh breath helps you make a good impression.
Not taking care of your teeth can also lead to serious health problems. To prevent costly and unnecessary dental bills, it’s very important to practice good oral hygiene every day.
What Is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on teeth. This produces substances that irritate the gums, making them sensitive and susceptible to bleeding. Plaque often leads to gum disease wherein gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that quickly fill with bacteria and pus. If the gums are left untreated, the bone around the teeth gets destroyed. This causes teeth to become loose, fall out, or have to be removed by a dentist.
Taking Care of Your Teeth
How Often Should You See the Dentist?
Everyone should see a dentist at least once a year. It’s important to visit a dental professional regularly because we may not be able to detect signs of early tooth disease and gum decay on our own. People who suffer from medical conditions that increase their risk of dental problems should visit their dentist every six months or as often as advised by their dentist.
Other Reasons to See the Dentist
Although we recommend seeing a dentist at least once a year, don’t hesitate to visit your dentist sooner if you notice anything unusual such as: