Gum disease is something that we all dread, it opens the door to infection, inflammation and the dreaded gingivitis. The main cause of this is simply not keeping up a good oral healthcare routine, as over time a lack of proper maintenance can cause plaque and tartar to form which in turn leads to decay, cavities and infections setting in.
That is why we’ve come up with a few pieces of advice, courtesy of your NHS dentist in Oxford, on some simple changes you can make to lower your risk of gum disease setting in.
The first top tip from our NHS dentist in Oxford is pretty basic, just brush as often as you can. Ideally you should be giving your teeth a good clean at least once or twice a day, preferably once in the morning and then again before bed.
Regularly brushing your teeth allows you to clear out any food particles, bacteria and plaque that can start to form throughout the day or whilst you are sleeping in bed. These are the main causes of gum disease, so removing them as often as you can is your greatest shot at keeping those gums healthy.
Another helpful tip from our team is to floss between your teeth after every brushing session. There are unfortunately going to be small pieces of food and plaque that you might miss, but running a strip of dental floss through your teeth can help clear out those stubborn cavity causers.
At Studental our team can provide helpful advice on the proper way to floss and how you can keep that persistent plaque at bay.
Rinse out after each cleaning
If you don’t do so already, you should be using mouthwash after each cleaning session. Rinsing regularly clears off any debris left over from brushing that might be resting on top of your teeth, as well as sterilising the interior of your mouth from any potentially harmful bacteria.
Ideally you should be having a good gargle at least once every other day with a normal strength brand. If you are unsure what particular type of mouthwash would suit you, then just have a chat with your dentist on your next visit.
Schedule six monthly check-ups
Last but not least we have one more vitally important change that you might need to make and that is to regularly schedule check-ups with your dentist. Over time small problems may crop up with your teeth that only a trained individual will be able to take care of. Plus, it lets us keep an eye on your progress as you get older, as well as provide advice on how you can keep your teeth stronger for longer.
So if you are concerned about gum disease and would like to keep it bay, then just try introducing a few of these simple changes to your daily oral care routine. If you are unsure about where to begin or what changes would work best for you, then just have a chat with our team on your next appointment at our practice in Oxford.