Why is keeping my natural teeth so important?
Teeth do many things, they help us chew and digest food. They help us talk, pronounce our words and give shape to our face. A smile is one of the first things we see so it makes sense to give it the best care possible.
Why is it important to keep my teeth and gums healthy?
A simple cleaning regime can help prevent the most common dental problem.
Our dedicated hygiene team recommend the following:
- brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day.
- use a fluoride toothpaste
- avoid rinsing, spit out after brushing so the fluoride coats the teeth
- clean between the teeth using ‘interdental brushes or floss at least once a day
- keep sugary snacks to a minimum
- see your Dentist for regular check-ups
Although most people brush regularly, most people do not clean between their teeth. Small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference long term.
Our Hygienists and therapist, known as our dental care team, can remove build up on your teeth known as plaque and treat gum disease but daily dental care at home is vital to maintain excellent oral health.
What is plaque?
Plaque is the thin, sticky film of bacteria that naturally forms on our teeth.
How does plaque cause tooth decay?
When we eat foods high in sugars and starches, the bacteria in the plaque produce acids which attack the tooth enamel. Because the place is sticky, this acid stays firmly on the tooth surface. If this constant acid is not effectively removed, a hole will form in the enamel surface. This is known as a cavity.
So how does plaque cause gum disease?
If plaque is not effectively removed it can harden and become ‘calculus’ or tartar as it’s commonly known. Calculus forms a collar around the gum line of the tooth and the plaque underneath produces harmful poisons causing the gums to be irritated, red and inflamed. If gum disease if not treated, the bone supporting the tooth is destroyed and the healthy tooth becomes loose and fall out.
Can gum disease be prevented?
It is very important to have an effective cleaning regime to remove food and debris from around our teeth as this will stop the gums becoming inflamed, red and swollen. If the plaque is left and becomes hardened into calculus, it can only be effectively removed by the dental team. This is why it is important to keep regular appointments recommended by your dental health professional.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
We are often unaware that we have gum disease as it is generally painless despite it causing damage to the bone supporting our teeth. Gum disease (known as gingivitis) will usually show itself as red, swollen gums that bleed when brushed or when cleaning in between.
Often when are gums bleed on brushing, we tend to brush more gently and sometimes stop altogether! This is the opposite to what we should do. In fact, it is important to continue to clean more regularly and thoroughly to combat gum disease.
If the bleeding does not cease within in a few days or you are at all worried about your gum health, please call us on 01228 521889 or visit our contact page to speak with a member of our dental team for advice.