Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of premature tooth loss in the UK? At Harley Street Dental Studio, we’re always keen to hammer home the message that prevention is better than cure, and thankfully, it is possible to keep gum disease at arm’s length. If you’re keen to keep your gums in good shape, here are 6 steps to take now:
- Brush carefully: brushing is the best weapon against gum disease, as it removes bacteria and food debris before it can combine with saliva to form plaque. Brush thoroughly twice a day, for at least 2 minutes each time. Take care to cover every tooth, and be gentle. If you’re too heavy-handed, this can damage the enamel.
- Floss: flossing is an effective way of cleaning your mouth and reducing the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is the most common risk factor for both decay and gum disease.
- Look out for signs of trouble: gum disease is a progressive condition, which means that it gets worse with time. If you’re aware of potential symptoms, you can act before the situation gets worse. Signs to look out for include bleeding when you brush, sore and swollen gums and increased redness. If you spot these signs, arrange to see your dentist without delay.
- Book a dental check: if it’s been months, or even years since you had a dental check-up, call and book an appointment today. The symptoms of gum disease and decay can creep up on your gradually, so it’s best to keep up to date with routine appointments.
- Watch what you eat: your diet impacts your oral health, so make an effort to eat well and keep an eye on your sugar intake. Avoid snacking, and try and include foods in your diet that are proven to boost dental health, such as dairy products and leafy green vegetables.
- Give up smoking: smoking increases the risk of gum disease because it reduces blood flow to the gums. If you’d like help with cutting down or quitting, we’re here for you.
If you have any questions or queries about gum disease, or you’d like more information about gum disease prevention, don’t hesitate to get in touch.