Dental treatment is not pleasant, and it is not cheap either. Many of us treat the condition of our teeth as a sort of "matter of fate". The truth is that it in the hands of every person there are tools to prevent the "decree". By keeping a number of daily preventative rules, one can prevent the hassle and the unnecessary expense of treatment.
Oral health is composed of different factors including among others, diet, changes in one's general health, the use of medication which can affect the quality of the saliva, oral hygiene, and other habits.
You are advised to come for inspection regularly, seeing the dentist on average twice a year. There is no substitute to your daily inspection for changes, such as: a change in the coloration of the teeth, swelling of the gums, broken or cracked teeth, and sores of all kinds. Sores must be paid special attention to by smokers, who are in increased risk of growths in the oral cavity.
Brushing your teeth assists in the prevention of the two most common diseases in the mouth, decay and gum disease.
Decay is an infective disease that affects 99% of the population. Remnants of food, containing millions of germs, stick to the teeth. These germs, which feed mostly on sugars, create acids, which cause the calcium of the teeth to be depleted and create "holes" in the teeth. In progressive stages, the germs reach all the way to the tooth pulp, and then a root canal is necessary. When these remnants are not removed, they absorb minerals from the saliva and from food and within a few weeks they become calcified. Now, it is much more difficult to remove, the gum inflammation worsens and the intervention of a dentist or oral hygienist becomes necessary.
Brushing your teeth is less effective when not done with the right technique. It is important to receive instructions from the dentist or oral hygienist for correct brushing. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least 2 minutes. The toothbrush should be changed every 4 months. The effectiveness of electric brushes has not been scientifically proven, yet they definitely make the job easier especially for those suffering from functional limitations.