What Your Dentist Really Wants You to Know

The visit to the dentist is not enjoyable when you worry what new dental problem might be identified. But these visits are absolutely important for your dental health.

Key takeaways:

  • Failure to brush and floss regularly will lead to the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth causing gum disease, and potentially triggering heart disease.
  • You should see a dentist when you first see blood when brushing. Bleeding gums may lead to bacteria getting into the bloodstream.
  • Cavities are not only caused by sugary foods. Acidic foods will erode tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay.

Many say every six months, but the American Dental Association says it depends on your health status, and frequency of visits should be recommended by your dentist, based on your risks factors for tooth decay and gum disease.

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