Preventive dentistry will help you to keep your teeth. The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these problems, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life.
Your dentist will first assess your teeth and gums, and discuss with you any treatment you need. The main aim is to get your mouth really healthy. The dentist or hygienist will show you the best ways to brush and floss to remove the bacterial plaque which constantly forms on your teeth and gums.
Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria which forms constantly on the teeth and gums. When you eat or drink something sugary, the plaque turns the sugar into acid, which will cause tooth decay.
The process of getting your mouth really healthy doesn't stop. It is very important that you keep up a good routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This means brushing and flossing as you have been shown, and being careful to check how often you have sugary foods or drinks that will encourage decay.
It is important to brush twice a day, and floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Regular sessions with your dentist or hygienist to check on progress is also advised. Having a healthy mouth doesn't happen straight away, it requires continual care to keep it that way in the future.