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How To Look After Your Gums

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How To Look After Your Gums

We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day is important, but it’s just as important to make sure you’re looking after your gums at the same time, as developing gum disease puts you at an increased risk of other health conditions, such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes.

Gum disease occurs when plaque starts to build up beneath and along the gum line, potentially leading to infections that can affect the gums and bone, leading to tooth decay and even tooth loss.

Gingivitis can also be caused by plaque, which is the earliest stage of gum disease, characterised by inflamed, red and tender gums that are prone to bleeding.

The good news is that this can be reversed by adopting solid oral hygiene practices. Flossing at least once a day is recommended to help remove plaque and food that you can’t quite reach with your toothbrush. It doesn’t matter when you do it, but it’s certainly a good habit to get into.

Going to the dentist for a checkup at least once a year is also a good way to keep on top of any potential problems. This way, you’ll be able to treat any symptoms that appear before they become too problematic.

If you smoke, you can also help your oral hygiene since there is a strong link between smoking and gum disease. You may also find that it’s harder for you to fight off any infections, since smoking can also weaken your immune system.

And, if you don’t already, using a fluoride toothpaste is another quick and easy way to help give your gums and your teeth the protection they need. Fluoride works to strengthen the tooth enamel, which makes it even more resistant to decay - particularly useful for children and older people.

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