Are you doing enough to look after your teeth? It is easy to slack when it comes to flossing, but good dental hygiene now can save you a fortune in the future.
How healthy are your gums?
Good dental health starts with strong and healthy gums. Swelling, soreness and infection of the tissue supporting the teeth all lead up to gum disease. There are two main types of gum disease; gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis is reversible but if left untreated it can lead to periodontal disease which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
All gum disease is caused by plague (a film of bacteria on the surface of your teeth and gums) If you have gum disease, you will notice blood-stained saliva when you brush. This is a sign that you need to step it up, do not ease off the brushing, fearing you will do more damage, if you brush and floss properly the bleeding will stop and this is a sign that your gums are improving.
Reduce your risk:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss to remove leftover plague.
- Take extra care around hard to clean places like crooked teeth, fillings, crowns and bridges as they can become a breeding ground for plague.
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks
- Use plague removing mouthwashes
- Chew a sugar-free gum containing xylitol to prevent plague from sticking
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids reduce the risk of gum disease, eat fish and nuts.
Take good care of your teeth, a bright smile is always beautiful and lightens up your face and makes you look years younger. Get good dental hygiene habits as early as possible to prevent regret later in life.