Early detection of tooth and gum problems can prevent them getting any worse and avoid the need for more extensive treatment in the future. There are number of preventive steps that can be taken to ensure the long term health of your mouth. These include:
- Attending regular dental health checks to ensure any cavities can be dealt with before they cause unnecessary pain or further damage. Your dentist will also spot signs of gum disease, as well as looking for changes that could indicate mouth cancer.
- Seeing a hygienist regularly so they can remove any plaque and tartar build-up, check the health of your gums and teach you how to look after your teeth at home.
- Brushing twice a day, especially before going to bed and cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or an interdental brush.
- Avoiding overindulging in sugary or acidic foods.