The importance of looking after your oral health
We can’t stress highly enough the importance of an effective oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day, in conjunction with regular professional cleaning appointments with your dental team, will keep your teeth and gums healthy and your breath fresh.
Gum Disease and Periodontitis
Gum (periodontal) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and has also been linked to other serious health problems such as:
- Heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease
The first sign of gingivitis is red, swollen gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss. If this is not treated it can progress to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. An effective oral hygiene routine will prevent the progression of gum disease and improve your overall oral health.
What you eat and how often you eat it, is just as important for your teeth and gums as it is for your general health. Food and drinks that contain starch and sugar react to the bacteria in your mouth and produce acid, which attacks your tooth enamel and causes decay. If left unaddressed, over time this can lead to periodontal disease, the main cause of tooth loss in adults.
Plaque is the sticky film on the surface of your teeth which attracts food particles, the longer this remains on your teeth the more acid is produced and damage done. The more you consume products laden with starch and sugar, the longer your teeth are exposed to decay-causing acid.
Reducing how often you have sugary or starchy drinks and snacks will help to maintain your optimal oral health considerably. Foods such as cheese, fresh fruit, nuts and vegetable sticks including carrot and celery, make good substitutes for sweet treats. Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva production, your natural neutraliser to mouth acid, and rinsing with water after eating can also help.
Smoking and Your Oral Health
Tooth staining and constant bad breath are the least of your worries when it comes to smoking and your oral health. In addition to causing lung cancer, heart disease and other health conditions, smoking is one of the main contributors to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums causing them to bleed easily when you brush and floss, and periodontal (gum) disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
Smoking is the major cause of oral cancer, which accounts for 3% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia. Often in its early stages it does not cause any discomfort and is therefore difficult to diagnose. Many smokers are also unable to receive some restorative dental procedures, such as dental implants, because smoking impedes the recovery of the gum tissue and gum disease causes a reduction in jawbone density.
We understand quitting is difficult, however the team at Bulimba Dental are dedicated to providing whatever advice and support we can to help you quit smoking and restore your oral health.
Brushing and Flossing
To maintain oral health, brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day, as well as attending regular professional cleaning appointments at Bulimba Dental.
We can provide advice on cleaning and flossing techniques that can help maximise the effectiveness of your at home oral care routine, so you can enjoy a healthy mouth and bright smile for life.
At Bulimba Dental we provide a range of treatments to look after the health of your smile. From root canal therapy to wisdom teeth extraction, our range of general dental treatments are aimed at helping you maintain your optimal oral health.
The team at Bulimba Dental will work closely with you to provide you with the best treatment plan to suit your oral health needs.
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If you want to find out more about Bulimba Dental and the treatments we offer, contact us today.