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When to Visit the Dentist (cont.)

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Routine Dental Care

Good dental care is the best way to prevent nontraumatic problems with your teeth.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day.
  • Frequent cleaning of your teeth and check-ups every 6 months with your dentist or dental hygienist are also important.
  • Prepare for dental emergencies if you experience one by having an established relationship with a dentist. That way, you are more likely to get quick and proper treatment when needed.

Pictures of Tooth Problems

This tooth chipped while the person was eating nacho chips.
This tooth chipped while the person was eating nacho chips.Click to view larger image.

Notice the chipped tooth with the yellow appearance. The yellow area is dentin - the inside portion of the tooth that became exposed after the tooth cracked.
Notice the chipped tooth with the yellow appearance. The yellow area is dentin - the inside portion of the tooth that became exposed after the tooth cracked. Click to view larger image.

Medically reveiwed by Kenneth Rotskoff, MD, DDS; Board Certified Dentistry, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery

REFERENCES:

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/22/2016
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