The best way to maintain good oral hygiene is to brush and floss your teeth every day, eat a healthy diet and to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist not only examines your teeth for signs of decay or damage, he also looks for early signs of gum disease and oral cancer.
It is normally recommended that you visit your dentist once-twice a year, although people who have severe gum disease or a weakened immune system may need to visit the dentist more often – see your dentist for what timeframe suits your individual needs.
At your check up your dentist will:
- Check for early signs of decay or breakages
- Check existing restorations
- Look at your gums for signs of gum disease
X-rays of your teeth are usually taken every two to three years, unless your dentist notices a problem and needs an X-ray to look inside the tooth.