The importance of regular visits to the dentist

Dossier : Good daily habits

visiting the dentist

Do you consider your teeth and mouth to be healthy because you tend to them every day? This does not excuse you from visiting the dentist. Your dentist will tell you how frequently you should have ‘check-ups’. Many people do not have regular contact with a dentist. 

 

 

 

WHY DO YOU NEED TO VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY?

Dental plaque, which forms on the surface of the teeth, comprises salivary proteins, bacteria, complex sugars and acids. Brushing, flossing and the daily use of a mouthwash can reduce these deposits. However, if you aren't diligent with your oral hygiene, dental plaque can set in and build up for the long term. With the accumulation of minerals in saliva this transforms into tartar.

When tartar is formed, it needs to be removed by a dentist or oral hygienist. Tartar is one of the factors responsible for gingivitis and the discolouration of teeth. You are strongly recommended to visit the dentist regularly. 

REGULAR CHECK-UPS

The role of the dentist is to prevent and treat. First they will learn about:

  • The characteristics of your mouth
  • Your eating and drinking habits
  • Any possible medication

Why? To offer advice on good oral habits and help you to integrate these into your every day life. They might remind you of how to brush your teeth correctly and give advice on daily mouthwashes.

Visit your dentist for a check-up regularly. Note that dental check-ups are recommended for children from a very young age.

DESCALING TO PROTECT TEETH AND GUMS

The dentist may use the check-up as an opportunity to offer you a descaling treatment in order to prevent the development of gingivitis. Descaling consists of removing tartar plaque by scratching or by using an ultrasound device and then polishing the cleaned surfaces to give the teeth their shine back. 

RECEIVING TREATMENT TO ALLEVIATE DISCOMFORT

Dental care treats and alleviates the discomfort caused by cavities and stops them from getting worse. The decay process can be stopped by the intervention of a dentist. The earlier cavities are discovered and treated, the longer your teeth will remain healthy. 

Ref: J&J internal data

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