Unlike other species, as humans we are only born with two sets of teeth. We lose our first set which are our baby teeth around teenage years. Then our second and last set which are our adult teeth will have to serve us through the remainder of our lives. Despite not consciously thinking about our teeth every day, we use them on a regular basis for eating, talking and smiling. Research has shown a direct correlation between tooth loss and the quality of life. Therefore, looking after them is vital in ensuring that we keep them healthier for longer.
Why do I have to see the Dentist regularly?
Seeing the Dentist regularly for check up and cleans are essential to maintaining good oral health. The good old saying that “I don’t have any issues/pain so I don’t have to see the Dentist” is the wrong approach as everyone has a different pain threshold. As a lot of dental problems usually start out with no pain. By attending the Dentist, they will be able to comprehensively assess your teeth clinically to detect these problems and fix it before deteriorates. However, if this problem is left untreated than that is when the situation can get worse leading to a more expensive and timely treatment.
The classic example is a cavity/hole which can be fixed with a Filling. If the cavity is left too long it may result in the tooth needing a Crown/Cap as there is not enough tooth structure for a filling. When the cavity extends to the nerve that is when a Root Canal is required to alleviate the infection. Worst-case scenario it will result in losing the tooth. For some people, they may not experience any pain or symptoms until the cavity has reached the nerve. By then it is too late for a simple fix.
The interval of check up will vary from person to person and there is no one size fit all. Your Dentist will be able to assess your situation and tailor it based on your needs.
What can I do to look after my teeth?
Attending the Dentist is just one step to maintaining good oral health. A Dentist can fix problems when they arise, guide you in the right direction and knowledge to look after them better but they cannot monitor what you eat or how you clean them. Therefore it is important to have a good oral home care regime. Here are some things you can do to care for your teeth better.
- Brush twice a day
- Floss regularly
- Monitor the consumptions of bad foods
- Wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports
- Ensure you are brushing with the right type of toothbrush and using the correct toothpaste
Following these simple tips will allow you to keep your teeth for longer and your dental bills lower in the long run.