The major reason to go the dentist is to keep your teeth in excellent condition. Your teeth are very important in chewing, speech and self image. Proper diet and adequate oral hygiene like regular brushing and flossing can help prevent most dental problems. For other dental issues, these may not be enough. A visit to the dentist will determine if a patient is at risk for dental caries (tooth decay or cavities) and other gum diseases.
Children and adults should go for check-ups at least twice a year. Those who are at greater risk for oral diseases (smokers, pregnant women, diabetics) may require more frequent dental check-ups.
Your first dental visit involves an overall physical examination of your teeth, gums and jaw and the tissues surrounding them. Teeth are cleaned and polished. They are checked for other potential problems. X rays are taken to diagnose problems associated with the structures of the teeth and jaw and to reveal cavities or pits that cannot be seen through visual examinations alone.
With the numerous advances in dentistry, one need not settle for discolored, missing or misshapen teeth. Dentists today offer many options that can help you maintain a bright smile, including professional tooth whitening and tooth implants and replacements.