There is no arguing with the fact that the key to maintaining excellent dental health is by taking good care at home. Everyone knows, if not, here are few things to follow – brush your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, rinse your mouth after every meal, do not expose your teeth to too much sugary or acidic food, etc. If you think that’s all you need to do to have a pearly white smile and teeth which last as long as you do then you’re mistaken.
All this cannot be taken for granted.
Ultimately, DIY dental care is simply not enough.
What you can accomplish with good daily self-care habits
Throughout the day, food particles, a sticky but thin coat of bacteria and acid accumulates on the surface of your teeth which loosens up when you brush your teeth. It is very important to brush regularly and remember to use good quality toothpaste and a brush with soft bristles.
Flossing does the same especially in areas where the brush cannot reach like between the teeth. For triple protection use a mouthwash, preferably one that is recommended to you by your dentist, which adds another layer of protection just in case brushing and flossing aren’t carried out effectively.
What happens if you don’t brush or floss regularly? A coating called as ‘plaque’ forms which will then sit and remain on your teeth for a long time. Over time, the plaque hardens and turns into something called as ‘tartar’ which is much tougher to do away with. Moreover, plaque contains food which the bacteria consume. When bacteria eat the food which is left behind in your mouth they create and leave behind a residue which is acidic. This results in cavities, infection, etc. That is why leaving plaque on your teeth isn’t good.
No wonder brushing, flossing and rinsing are important aspects of oral health. If these basic activities aren’t carried out, expect your teeth to get damaged eventually.
Why DIY dental care is not enough
If you had no other option and the only available to you to take care of your teeth is as described as above, then it’s definitely far better than doing absolutely nothing! Although everyone’s goals are different and if yours is to vigilantly avoid dental problems and keep your gums and teeth in tip-top shape then you will most certainly need the assistance of a dental professional.
When it comes to removing plaque, the hygienist has the right tools, knowledge, perspective and time to completely remove plaque or tartar from every corner of your teeth. This task cannot be duplicated at home with simple brushing and flossing. There is no guarantee that you are cleaning all possible surfaces in your mouth thoroughly every time you brush or floss. Moreover, there might be areas or spaces in your mouth which you will not be able to reach on your own.
Yes, plaque can be easily eliminated at home with brushing and flossing but if tartar forms then no amount of brushing or flossing can make this tough cookie budge. Here is where a specialist and their tools come in.
Both dentists and hygienists are well-trained and can perform a thorough visual inspection of your mouth in addition to interpreting x-rays of jaws and teeth. Not only can they diagnose potential health problems but also recommend treatments which are best suited for you and also oversee treatment; all of which promotes long-term oral health.
Also keep in mind, visiting a dentist or hygienist at the initial stages can prevent extensive dental care in the long haul.
Yes, while establishing and maintaining great DIY oral health habits is significantly important, the value of obtaining professional care should never go underestimated