In this booklet you will find information on looking after your teeth, mouth and gums, dental care and types of dental treatment if you have a bleeding disorder. Good dental care is essential for everyone. Taking good care of your teeth, mouth and gums (oral hygiene) is important to reduce the risk of dental problems. Although many people feel anxious about seeing the dentist, regular visits will ensure that any problems can be identified and treated early, preventing more complex problems later on. If you have a bleeding disorder, looking after your teeth, mouth and gums is especially important. Poor dental health can lead to gum disease, which can cause bleeding problems and tooth loss that could otherwise have been avoided. Preventing dental problems is an essential part of oral care. Neglecting oral health leads to pain and swelling. Emergency visits are difficult to access so DO NOT wait until you are in pain to see your dentist. A successful preventative routine will reduce the need for treatment and should reduce the number of emergency visits.