Gum infections are the most common cause of adult tooth loss but often go unnoticed as they progress without pain. However, the following are warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored:
- Gums that bleed when brushing/flossing
- Bad breath or bad tastes in the mouth
- Loosening of teeth
- Loss of teeth
- Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
- Gum recession
- Teeth that drift from their original position
In order to prevent gum disease and keep your teeth and gums healthy, we advise:
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, especially at bedtime. You should clean them for 2 minutes, making sure you brush every surface of each tooth – be thorough but not forceful as you can cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Make sure youclean between your teeth and under your gumline. We advise you on the best method for your teeth.
Eat a healthy diet. In particular, don’t eat too much sugar, and dont consume sugary foods or drinks too often – we recommend limiting sugar intake to mealtimes only.
Don’t smoke! Smoking has a particulary damaging effect on your oral health. Smokers are four times as likely to suffer gum disease ( the biggest cause of tooth loss among UK adults ).
Visit the practice regulary so we can check your mouth for signs of potential problems and treat them early. Having your teeth professionally cleaned by us also helps protect you from gum disease by removing any hardened plaque and flushing away plaque bio-films.
If you are overdue for a check-up or have any concerns, please give us a call and book an appointment, and let us help you to enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life!
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