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Better oral health

What can I do to keep my mouth healthy?

  • Brush your teeth carefully after every meal
  • Clean between your teeth – use aids like floss, TePe brushes or an ‘airfloss’ gadget
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid sugary drinks, which leave a deposit on your teeth
  • Be sure to visit your dentist regularly AND your hygienist!

What are the risks if I don’t?

Neglected dental hygiene can quickly lead to gum disease, which can be painful if your mouth becomes sore or swollen, but also give you bad breath. Eventually gum disease can damage the bone in your jaw so small spaces open up between the gum and the teeth, after which teeth can become loose. It is very important to eat and drink sensibly, and to be thorough about cleaning your teeth and flossing, to avoid food particles on your teeth remaining and eventually turning to plaque.

The two major stages of gum disease are known as Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums, but left untreated it may lead to Periodontitis which is more serious, and destructive.

What can cause gum disease?

  • Neglected oral health
  • Tobacco smoking or chewing
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes
  • Some types of medication such as steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Pregnancy

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

  • Gums that bleed when you clean your teeth
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

How can gum disease be treated?

Gum disease (periodontal disease) can be treated in a number of ways, depending on how advanced it is. Its milder form (gingivitis) can be treated by a hygienist, who will remove areas of plaque and tartar that cannot be removed by brushing. Our hygienist at Improve Your Smile will devise a program for you to improve your oral hygiene. How a hygienist at Improve Your Smile can help you.

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