Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the UK? If you’re keen to keep your smile in check for as long as possible, it’s essential to take good care of your gums. Here are 3 steps you can take to improve your gum health:
- Stick to a good daily oral hygiene regime: brushing and flossing are your best weapons against oral diseases including decay and gum disease. Take 2 minutes every morning and evening to clean your teeth thoroughly using fluoride toothpaste. Choose a brush with a small head that you can angle to clean along the gum line and reach right into the corners of the mouth. It’s important to clean twice a day, every day to eliminate harmful bacteria and food debris before it combines with saliva to form plaque.
- See your dentist every 6-12 months: if you haven’t been for a check-up in a long time, we recommend calling and booking an appointment. Regular check-ups enable us to spot potential warning signs and address them as quickly as possible. According to the Oral Health Foundation, routine checks can reduce the risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent.
- Look out for symptoms: gum disease is a progressive condition, and if it is left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage to the gums and the bone structure beneath, causing the teeth to come loose. Symptoms of gum disease include redness, sore and swollen gums and bleeding when you brush. If you notice any of these signs, call your dentist as soon as you can.