Many people don’t go to the dentist as often as they should.
They only go to the dentist when something is wrong.
The opposite of this is “preventive treatment,” which is what this is called.
Even though people usually do this to save money, they may end up needing expensive treatments that could have been avoided with cheaper ones.
At least once every six months, everyone should go to the dentist for a check-up.
But people who are more likely to get gum disease or oral cancer may need to go to the dentist more often.
The dentist will tell a patient how often they need basic dental care.
Most of the bacteria in the mouth can be gotten rid of by brushing.
But the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach every part of the mouth.
Flossing gets rid of bacteria in these places, especially in the tiny spaces between the teeth.
If you don’t floss, plaque and leftover food will build up and turn into tartar.