Are you experiencing signs that you think might be pointing to gum disease? It’s important to get yourself checked by your dentist and hygienist, as if left untreated, this can lead to more serious problems. You should also be attending regular check-ups to prevent problems such as gum disease before they occur.
Dealing with gum disease at home
- Be careful about the foods you eat – foods containing lots of sugar and acid such as lemons and confectionary (toffee and caramel).
- Try not to consume high sugar drinks and drinks that stain your teeth. Red wine is a particular danger to teeth as it contains tannins, the pigment that causes your teeth to go red after your drink it. Think of when you spill red wine over a white carpet and how difficult it is to remove – this is the effect it has on your teeth. Be sure to drink a glass of water after a few glasses of wine, as this will help wash away the tannins. Do not brush immediately after drinking, as the acidity of the wine will render your teeth susceptible to abrasion and you may damage your tooth enamel (the protective coating on your teeth). You should also avoid brushing your teeth immediately after being sick as the acid in your sick will also make your teeth vulnerable to abrasion. Many women suffer from tooth decay and gum disease during pregnancy and one of the reasons for this is morning sickness (amongst many others). Read our blog on gum disease and pregnancy here.
- Arrange check-ups with your dentist and hygienist every 6 months – yearly. You may not be aware that you are suffering from tooth decay or gum disease and sometimes such complications can only be flagged up by your dentist or hygienist.
- Use toothpaste containing fluoride as this will contains a natural mineral that is proven to protect against tooth decay.
- Floss at least once a day – failing to floss means you are neglecting 33% of your tooth surfaces!
Many people overlook visits to the hygienist, believing that these appointments can be substituted for visits to the dentist. Your dentist and your hygienist have different roles which both play a part in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Your dental hygienist here at Fresh will show you how to keep your teeth free of plaque and tartar. The bacteria in plaque produces certain chemicals that trigger gum disease which can develop into more serious complications such as gum shrinkage, tooth loss and bleeding gums.
Here at Fresh we know that every patient is different and some are more susceptible to certain conditions than others. Your dental hygienist will address complications in context with your personal dental history
If you would like further information about gum disease and what to look out for, please do not hesitate to contact us.