What can I do?
Keeping your teeth clean disrupts the film that bacteria forms on your teeth. Brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing are the best and easiest ways to do this. Disrupting the plaque layer prevents bacteria from releasing as many acidic by-products and prevents tartar from forming. Coming in to see your dentist and hygiene teams regularly is also essential. Even with regular brushing, over time the layers of plaque and calculus will still form. It is important to come in regularly for a checkup and cleaning. This way, any potential problems can be caught early on. Waiting until a tooth hurts is rarely a good idea because this is a sign that a tooth needs more extensive treatment.
What will happen during my dental visit?
X-rays are an important aspect of dental care. These let us see between teeth as well as inside the teeth, supporting bone structure and your jaws. With these images, we can often find problems when they are small and prevent them from getting bigger. The frequency at which x-rays are taken of your teeth can be discussed with your dentist.