Having poor oral health can undermine a person’s overall health, image and the participation in a job/school. Not only this, but having a bad set of gnashers can lead to malnutrition, discomfort or even speech problems, but have no fear, as there are ways that can help prevent these issues before you get to later life.

More teeth are being lost as a result of gum problems rather than tooth decay, and you must remember that the gums are vital to correct oral health just as much as teeth are.

  • Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste: have you ever noticed that when you go a while without a good brush of the teeth, a yellowish sticky paste forms on them? This is essential to keep at arm’s length as you may think this is food debris, but is actually bacteria.This bacteria is accountable for almost 100% of plaque which can cause gum disease, which is why it’s a necessity to remove it.

  • Floss: We’re all guilty to not frequently flossing, yet this can be just as harmful as not brushing! Ask your dentist on advice on how to floss properly and efficiently.

  • 30 second swish of mouthwash: 30 seconds out of your 24 hour day can prevent any harmful bacteria making a home on your teeth, eliminate plaque build-up, and remove any excess food particles that brushing and flossing just couldn’t reach!

  • See your dentist regularly: a given for any maintenance for oral health. Your dentist knows your teeth better than anyone and can see if anything is going wrong. Get any problems sorted before they start.

  • Avoid sticky, sugary food: quite self-explanatory really, if it sticks to your teeth when you’re eating it, it’s going to stick to your teeth as bacteria. Try to avoid chewy, sticky foods such as sweets, raisins and granola bars, the quicker you can get food out of your teeth the better.

All of these may sound obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how many people forget or slack off when it comes to oral health. Research shows that one in ten people admit to regularly brushing their teeth, and just a shameful 21% of adults use dental floss regularly.

If you are pregnant, it is important that you have regular check-ups with your dentist due to a raise in your hormones which can upset your body’s natural balance. As morning sickness can be in full swing, it is mandatory that you consult your dentist about any unusual symptoms or lumps and bumps occurring in your mouth.

You wouldn’t leave dirt on your face, so why would you leave bacteria on your teeth? Stay brushing!

 

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