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24 August 2015

Diligent gum care and why it’s so important.

If you want healthy teeth, it is important you don’t just focus on caring for your teeth, but for your gums as well. Here at our Surbiton dentist we offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry treatments, and see tooth loss caused not just by tooth decay alone, but by gum disease which has developed to a serious stage.

Gum disease is mostly preventable with an excellent oral hygiene routine; so brushing and flossing regularly, plus dental cleans and regular checkups at the dentist.

However, a lot of the time most of us can improve on our dental hygiene habits in some shape or form. Whether that’s flossing more, dropping a bad habit like smoking, or simply attending our checkups with the dentist as regularly as we should.

Unfortunately, neglecting the health of our gums can cause a bacteria buildup which can infect the gums, inflame them or even cause them to recede. Any food or drink that goes into the mouth, no matter what it is, has the ability to cause decay if it is not removed adequately. Often tiny food particles get trapped in different parts of the mouth, which is why we brush our teeth. If we don’t get rid of the food particles, combined with the bacteria in our mouth, they stick to our teeth causing a sticky substance called plaque to form. If plaque isn’t removed properly from the gum-line it can cause a whole host of undesirable problems.

How To Care For Your Gums

In order to care for your gums properly you must:

Brushing

Brush your teeth twice a day at least. Doing this gets rid of plaque and helps protects teeth and gums against infections. Use a pea sized amount of toothpaste (containing 1,000 ppm of fluoride at least), make sure you’re using a toothbrush suitable for your teeth (soft, medium or hard) and make sure you brush thoroughly taking care to get all sides of the teeth and the tongue. Replace your toothbrush every few months.

Flossing

Floss your teeth once every day to get rid of debris stuck in between the teeth, where the toothbrush can’t reach. Take care not to push against the gums and accidentally injure them and making sure you use fresh floss for each tooth gap.

Food And Drink Which Is Kind To Your Teeth

Avoid food which contains sugars and starches as they are the most damaging to teeth. Although lots of food is acidic and naturally sugary, certain foods are particularly harmful to your teeth including; sugary drinks, sweets and white crackers.

Smoking

Smoking is generally very bad for your health, and that includes having a very negative effect on your teeth. We advise against smoking in order to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Checkups

When you attend our clinic for a checkup we can not only give your mouth a thorough examination, but we can also check for signs of gum disease and suggest ways to keep it at bay, or discuss treatment options if it is visible.

Know The Signs

Although we will check for signs of gum disease during your checkup, we also recommend you keep an eye out for the signs and symptoms as well. The sooner it is identified, the sooner it can be treated.

Potential signs of gum disease:

  • Gums may be receding or teeth may appear longer
  • Teeth are more sensitive than before
  • One or more teeth are loose
  • Chewing food is painful
  • Gums are bleeding and tender
  • Gums are swollen or dark red
  • Breath is offensive

Come And Visit Us For A Checkup

If you think you might have gum disease and want further tips on preventing it, or if you’ve suffered or are suffering from stage 2 gum disease and want to discuss our restorative dentistry treatments for tooth replacement, please give us a call on 020 8399 1291 and we will be more than happy to get you booked in.

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