Having a good oral health regieme is an important aspect of maintaining your general health and wellbeing. Here we provide some useful tips and tricks on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
What is plaque?
Plaque is the bacteria which forms on the teeth & builds up next to the gums and in all the hard to reach places between your teeth. Plaque can cause tooth decay & gum disease if not removed by regular brushing.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is caused when plaque on your teeth uses the sugar in food you eat to produce acid that attacks the enamel. The tooth enamel eventually weakens and can lead to tooth destruction if not cared for properly. Tooth decay can be identified by white patches on the surface of the tooth.
How to treat sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth affects one in four adults and can be treated by consulting your dentist and/or using a toothpaste that is specific for sensitive teeth.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is when the gum tissue around your teeth becomes inflamed, red & swollen. This is called gingivitis. If you do not control your plaque by regular brushing & flossing, the plaque may spread below gum level, resulting in bone destruction and the formation of spaces between the teeth and gums. If left untreated, this can lead to teeth needing to be removed.
Dentists recommend electric toothbrushes. In the UK, over 80% of dental professionals (dentists, nurses and hygienists) recommend using an electric brush.
What are the benefits of an electric toothbrush?
They are highly effective at removing plaque and reducing the risk of gum disease.
How will an electric toothbrush help my gums?
People tend to "scrub" with a manual, which can inflame gums and make them bleed during brushing. This is one of the early signs of potentially serious gum problems and one of the most common problems.
Electric toothbrushes brush with a consistent pressure and movement so they help to eliminate human error, which means fewer mistakes. To help protect gums, some electric toothbrushes even have built-in pressure sensors, which can automatically cut out the movements when you press too hard.
Children and brushing
Babies should have their teeth brushed as soon as their milk teeth start to appear. Get children into a teeth cleaning routine as early as possible. By the age of two, children should have their teeth brushed twice a day. Parents are advised to assist small children as they may find it difficult to brush effectively. If you stand behind them and tilt back their head, you will be able to see all the surfaces, which need cleaning.
3 Easy Steps to healthy teeth
Brush: Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen and protect your teeth. Dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
Rinse: Use a mouth rinse twice daily before or after brushing to kill the bacteria in the mouth which causes bad breath.
Floss: Brushing alone only cleans the surface of the teeth. You should floss at least once a day between the teeth to reduce plaque.
Regular check-ups with your dentist or dental hygienist are recommended to maintain oral health.
If you need further information about maintaining a good oral health regime please visit our Pharmacy Locator to find you local Alphega Pharmacy and ask your pharmacist for advice.
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