Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in UK adults? Gum disease can cause major problems, but the good news is that it can be prevented. If you’re keen to keep your smile shining for as long as possible, here are 4 top tips:
- Brushing: brushing is the most effective way of preventing the formation of plaque, the sticky film, which is responsible for irritating the gums and causing soreness and swelling. When you brush, you remove bacteria and bits of food from the mouth, drastically reducing the risk of tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time.
- Flossing: brushing is brilliant, but it has limitations because you can’t clean every part of the mouth. Flossing is beneficial because it targets areas that cannot be easily reached with a brush head, for example, the gum line and the cracks between the teeth. Daily flossing can help to prevent plaque development, reducing the risk of cavities and swollen, painful gums.
- Dental checks: dentists are trained to spot the early warning signs of gum disease and studies show that regular appointments can help to reduce the risk of gum disease by up to 60 percent. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, pick up the phone and book a check-up now!
- Checking symptoms: gum disease is a progressive condition, and it’s always best to intervene as early as possible. If you’re aware of the symptoms, this can help to ensure that mild gum disease doesn’t turn into advanced periodontal disease. If you have symptoms like inflammation, redness and pain, or you notice blood when you brush your teeth, call and make an appointment with your dentist. Don’t wait for your next scheduled check-up.