Many of the health problems that arise as we get older are reflected by how we have neglected ourselves throughout our lives. Problems such as heart, lung, liver and kidney disease are a direct result of diet, drinking and smoking that have built up over years of abuse, and one problem, can lead to another occurring. It may be no surprise to find then, that all of these problems can all be linked to a lack of oral hygiene; gum disease, for example, can lead to blood poisoning and the clogging of arteries. However, there should be no excuses for poor oral hygiene in Braintree, there are enough products flying around the shops and supermarkets to maintain the teeth of a dinosaur. Most dentists in town will advocate brushing, at least twice a day with a decent brush and a decent paste, coupled with flossing and mouthwashes. This programme should be enough to stop any nasties getting the better of your teeth, until you have one of your regular bi-annual visits to your dentist. They are there to offer you back-up in your routine with various general dental practices, to maintain the health of your teeth. They will get to the places you may have missed and remove any tartar build-up and fill any light decay that may have slipped through your hygiene net. A good diet should be high on your agenda too, as it helps to build up your immunity to bacteria and disease that attack the mouth. Good oral hygiene is easy to keep up, but ignore it and you not only put yourself and your teeth at risk, but may also be setting yourself up for some very expensive, corrective treatments. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.