Every year millions of people avoid going to the dentist, whether because of anxiety or another reason. That means millions of people may not be giving there smile the care it needs to remain strong and healthy. Regular dental visits and daily brushing and flossing are important, because they help you keep bacteria and plaque from building between your teeth and gums. Bacteria and plaque are what lie behind tooth decay and gum disease, but they have also been linked to problems in the rest of the body too. So looked at from that perspective, resolving to visit your dentist twice a year and pay extra attention to your brushing and flossing isn’t about improving your smile – it’s about keeping your whole body healthy.