Is a regular dental check up necessary?

It is considered a good practice to have regular oral and complete body check-ups. How frequently must one need such routine check-ups depends upon various factors that affect oral health. This evaluation done by the doctor is guided by the efficiency of your oral hygiene maintenance. Rigorous implementation of measures can however inversely affect the teeth, causing more harm than good. Thus following adequate oral care under appropriate guidance is the key to a healthy mouth.

Self assessment of methods of oral maintenance -

  • Brushing twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and small head, soft bristle brush by the technique that suites you best, determined and taught by the your  dentist.
  • Regular flossing/ use of inter-dental cleaning aids, to maintain spaces not accessible by your brush.
  • Eating well balanced diet, and avoidance of excessive consumption of sticky and sweet foods.
  • Avoidance of smoking and continuous intake of carbonated drinks which can cause disintegration of teeth.
  • History of gum disease and teeth prone to cavities can be an alarming sign of ill-health.

A regular check up every 6 months by your dentist should help detect and treat oral problems at an early stage.