How to help your dentist help you to get healthy

Good Oral HygieneA dentist plays a vital role in both your oral and general health. Regular visits to the dental practice for a general check-up mean that many problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can be avoided entirely, or treated promptly and with minimal fuss if they do occur.

Good oral hygiene isn’t just down to the dentist, of course. Protecting your oral health and keeping your smile happy and healthy for life is a three-way process, involving teamwork between the dentist, the dental hygienist, and yourself.

Unidental in Stockport welcomes new patients of all ages for general dental consultations, which can help to protect your oral and general health. By using early detection techniques, gum disease and tooth decay detection techniques, common problems can be stopped in their tracks.

For your part, there are many things you can do to help both the dentist and hygienist to keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. This includes brushing your teeth effectively at least twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste and an appropriate toothbrush.

Dental floss and interdental brushes also help to clean between your teeth, minimising the chances of plaque building up. In some cases, particularly if you have a condition such as gum disease that requires treating, your dentist may recommend you use a specific mouthwash.

The hygienist can help you to find the most effective brushes and other products, as well as to choose an appropriate toothbrush. He or she will teach you the most efficient tooth brushing techniques, and will also talk about dietary and lifestyle factors, such as how smoking or consuming food and drinks that are high in sugar can affect your teeth. You should always follow their advice.

Most people think that you need to see the dentist for a check-up every six months, but in reality some people need to come in more frequently, whilst others may need to come less often. Again, you should always do as your dentist tells you.

A general dental check-up is about more than just checking the health of your teeth and gums. Mouth cancer checks are performed as standard, and the state of any existing restorations will be carefully tested.