Gingivitis (gum disease) is extremely common. Around 80-90% of us have it to some degree. Removing the bacteria from your teeth and around the gum line twice a day is the first step to preventing and treating gingivitis. We recommend using an electric toothbrush, preferably with a round head and a fluoride toothpaste. Your hygienist can advise you on the best brush for you and to show you how to use it properly.
Clean Between The Teeth
However good your brushing, you still need to get into the spaces between your teeth, this is often the first place problems arise. There are many products available to help you to do this effectively including floss/tape and various types of interdental brushes. Again, your hygienist will advise you which of these is best for you and show you how to use them correctly.
Come To See Us Regularly
Come to your appointments as often as your dentist/hygienist recommends. As well as cleaning and polishing the superficial deposits and staining that you can see, which makes your mouth feel and look better, we screen all our patients to check for any signs of periodontal disease. This is an inflammatory disease that approximately 11% of the population are susceptible to. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. We are very experienced in treating this disease and are here to help you to keep your teeth.
Be Aware Of Your Diet
Eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Try to limit the frequency of your sugar intake including fizzy drinks, especially between meals. Remember a lot of sugar is hidden in processed foods.
We all know the dangers of smoking in relation to our general health but it also has a massive effect on the health of our mouths. Due to the lack of oxygen in the blood, periodontal disease will progress much faster in smokers. Treatment for periodontal disease will not be effective as smoking prevents healing. Add to this the increased risk of oral cancer and the staining of the teeth caused by tar; it really is a good idea to stop smoking.