What is a Dentist?

A dentist is medical professional who specializes in the teeth and gums (oral healthcare). Dentists treat people of all ages. They recommend you start child visits at age 6 months as part of their well baby visits. Dentists check for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Dentists are certified by the American Dental Association.

What are guidelines for best oral health care?

The American Dental Association recommends the following guidelines for best oral health:
  1. Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  3. Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay–causing bacteria lingers between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  4. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
The ADA also provides a seal on oral health related products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, gum, mouth rinses, tooth-whitening products, floss, denture products, and more. Check out products you use daily to see if they are ADA endorsed. Here is the link to their database: ADA Seal Products. You may be suprised to find that your dental care products are not ADA approved.

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Dentists are also known as: general dentists, dentist office, family dentist, & dental services.