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Oral Health For Adults

Many adults are in the habit of visiting their dentists only when a problem occurs in their mouth. Regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining a good and effective dentition for all age groups as well as eating a well-balanced diet and practicing effective home care.

Follow these simple steps to keep your teeth and gums healthy

  1. Brush twice daily, especially once before bedtime. Make sure that all the surfaces of teeth and gums are cleaned for effective plaque removal
  2. Use adult fluoride toothpaste and after brushing spit the toothpaste out. Avoid rinsing your mouth after brushing as this will wash the fluoride away from your teeth
  3. Floss once daily to clean between your teeth (preferably at night before bed)
  4. Avoid eating sugary, sticky and acidic foods and drinks in between meals
  5. Eat a wide variety of nutritious foods
  6. Visit your dentist for a regular check-up once every six months. Your dentist can identify and fix any problems with your teeth and gums at the early stages

Dental Check-Up

Your dentist can identify weakening older fillings, early signs of gum (periodontal) disease, periodontal disease, gum recessions, tooth and root surface decay, and many other oral problems that can affect your general health during dental check-ups.

Early detection can help to treat the problem before it becomes more severe. Your dentists can also look for early signs of oral cancer and other diseases that affect your general health.

During a check-up dentists may also take x-rays that will help them see cavities between the teeth and under old fillings, bone loss under the gums, and infections at the end of the root. Your dentist will also use x-rays to help assess the shape of the roots before root canal procedures.

During a check-up you can also get a professional clean done by your dentist or dental hygienist to remove calculus - the hardened, calcified plaque -that is hard to remove from the teeth by brushing and flossing alone.

Common Oral Health Problems

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