There are few daily activities that are as important for your health as brushing your teeth and flossing. Good oral hygiene is so important, and it even has a bearing on your overall physical health. Good oral hygiene reduces the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, and it even makes it less likely for you to get sick, since there is simply less bacteria in your mouth. Because of this, it is so important that you brush and floss twice a day, and it is equally important that you do so in a way that is thorough and effective. The other factor is how often you go to the dentist, since your dentist is the one to identify any change in your oral health.
For the most part, it is advised that you go to the dentist at least twice a year, for your routine cleanings and checkups. This specific length of time is chosen because it is short enough that cavities are not as likely to have time to do serious damage. The same is true of periodontal disease. In theory, if you get checkups every six months, you are less likely to have serious complications as a result of gum disease. This is important to know because periodontal disease can cause the complete loss of teeth, in more extreme circumstances. Cavities, while not quite as serious, can also cause the loss of teeth. Furthermore, both of these conditions are preventable, provided you just remember to brush and floss thoroughly and regularly. All in all, dentists are telling the truth when they stress the importance of this type of oral hygiene.
Of course, not all of what dentists do is all about hygiene. Some of it is about how your teeth are going to be positioned in your mouth, which is an area referred to as cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry has to do with using braces, retainers, and various other devices and treatments to shift the teeth or jaw into a better position. This is important because it enables people that do not have straight teeth naturally to have straight teeth. This is obviously beneficial for cosmetic reasons, but it can also make it easier to brush and floss, since straighter teeth are easier to clean. In the case of jaw misalignment, it can even be a means of avoiding having to have surgery down the line. Some severe overbites and underbites can cause this.
As for treatments offered by cosmetic dentists, they have evolved a lot over the last couple decades. There are obviously options, such as braces and retainers, which have been around for years and years. That being said, there are some newer treatments that are a little more convenient, and a little less cosmetically bothersome for the patients. Invisalign is one example, and it is something that has only become more popular in the cosmetic dentistry field in recent years.Talk to your dentist, to see if one of these treatments may be the right option for you.