How Can I Prevent Cavities?

You can prevent tooth decay and cavities by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, limiting sugary or acidic foods and drinks, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

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How Often Should I Go to the Dentist for a Check-Up?

Dental health experts recommend visiting the dentist every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning. However, depending on your oral health needs, you may need to schedule more frequent visits.

Is Regular Professional Dental Cleaning Necessary?

Yes. Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can still build up in your mouth’s hard-to-reach areas. Without regular dental cleanings, this buildup can lead to tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

What Should I Do If I Have a Toothache?

Since tooth pain could signal a serious problem, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you’ll want to apply a cold compress to the affected area and take over-the-counter pain medication.

How Can I Combat Bad Breath?

You can avoid bad breath by brushing and flossing regularly, cleaning your tongue, rinsing with alcohol-free antiseptic mouthwash, cleaning your dentures and other oral appliances, and getting regular dental cleanings.  

Besides practicing excellent oral hygiene, you’ll want to stay hydrated, avoid foods that sour your breath, and quit smoking if you do. If bad breath persists, it’s best to talk to your dentist to rule out underlying oral health problems.

What Happens If I Don’t Replace Missing Teeth?

If you don’t replace missing teeth, your other teeth will shift and move into the space, causing misalignment and bite issues. While misalignment increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, bite problems can affect your chewing and speaking abilities. Also, missing teeth can cause jawbone deterioration and changes your facial appearance.

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