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Health Chatter: Healthy Teeth

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

Having a healthy mouth is important. Good oral health promotes healthy, strong teeth. Poor oral health has links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health conditions.

When is it time to see your dentist?

If you suffer with constant bad breath or have bleeding gums at times of brushing or flossing, you should visit your dentist. These can all be signs of upcoming tooth decay or gum disease amongst other problems relating to oral health.

Plaque can build up over your teeth after you have eaten and if this is not brushed away correctly it can cause these symptoms. Using dental floss can remove plaque and bits of food found lodged in the gaps between your teeth.

Flossing is a great way to prevent gum disease.

Additionally, if you only brush once a day you are 33% more likely to experience tooth decay – so morning and night brushing is recommended.

Toothbrush with toothpaste on
If you only brush once a day you are 33% more likely to experience tooth decay

Did you Know? 1. 10% of people report forgetting to brush their teeth. 2. One third of the UK have never flossed. 3. 49% of people do not have regular dental check- ups. 4. Dental treatments are costing the UK just under £6 billion a year.

Which toothbrush to use?

A medium or soft toothbrush will achieve good oral health and are the most commonly used toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes work better with a rotating head.

It does not matter which one is chosen if the teeth are being brushed properly.

Smoking and alcohol

Smoking and drinking alcohol can have an impact on the health of your teeth. You have an increased risk of gum disease if you are a smoker. Smoking can also stain your teeth yellow.

Drinking alcohol can wear away the enamel (the top layer) of your teeth and this can lead to needing fillings from the dentist.

Signs of good oral health:

  • Clean teeth.

  • Pink gums with no bleeding when brushing or flossing.

  • Not having ongoing bad breath.

Tips for healthy teeth and mouth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day making sure all surfaces are covered.

  • Brush for two minutes each time.

  • Try to floss daily.

  • Reduce the amount of sugary foods and snacks in between meals.

  • Maintain a balanced diet.

  • Have regular check-ups at the dentist.

  • Use fluoride toothpaste.


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