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Easy dentist tips to avoid gum disease
A number of studies have established intricate links between numerous
medical conditions from heart disease to cancer and the state of one’s gums.
Gum disease is a direct result of inadequate oral hygiene habits that lead to
the accumulation of gum-attacking bacteria. The NHS defines gum disease as a
dental condition that displays symptoms such as inflammation, bleeding,
soreness and infection.
Taking into consideration the fact that the mouth remains the entry point
into the body, harmful germs can easily make their way along with the food you
digest to other parts and organs in the body creating disease and illness.
According to a recentConsumer Oral Health Survey of 2019, only 63 percent of the respondents were
aware of the fact that serious illnesses were linked to gum disease. With a
growing body of scientific research pointing to the importance of good oral
health, patients are urged to maintain recommended dental hygiene habits to
ensure optimal overall health.
4 Key steps to maintain healthy gums
Good dental habits that are practised from an early age are more likely to
become part and parcel of an adult’s hygiene routine.
Clean teeth morning and night
The first piece of advice a patient receives in
regards to their dental health is to clean their teeth at least twice a day –
in the morning and before going to bed at the end of the day. This is because
the practice is the first line of defence that gets rids of harmful bacteria
that exist in the mouth.
While it is good practice to clean one’s teeth,
there are a few golden rules to follow. Use a soft toothbrush to protect tooth
enamel and gums, use a circular motion and brush gums at a 45 degree angle,
brush all chewing surfaces ensuring the upper and lower sections as well as
inside and outside areas are covered.
daily to get rid of trapped food particles
Flossing can begin at the age of two years old
(performed by parents) and managed by the child themselves from the age of
eight with careful instructions give
A healthy diet is another critical factor in
keeping gums in good condition. Diets high in sugar (both solid foods and
beverages) spell trouble for the health of the mouth and body.
In addition to limiting fizzy sugary soft drinks,
patients should also be aware of the risks of frequent consumption of drinks
that contain low PH levels such as wine can have a devastating impact on teeth.
regular dental check-up appointments
Dental check-ups are necessary in the treatment
and prevention of gum disease. A Navandentist has the necessary experience and tools to conduct
a thorough assessment of the health of teeth and gums. Any concerns of
potential issues can be addressed early.
Maintaining good oral health is easy if the few simple steps above are
strictly adhered to minimise the risk of developing gum disease and other
dental health problems.