Oral Health | 5 Facts & Tips For Keeping Your Mouth Healthy
Posted by: Jodie Blades Diploma Level 3 in Dental Nursing
Medically reviewed by: Dr Shan Lam BDS (Bris)
Your Oral Health Is Important!
Maintaining good oral health isn’t just about brushing your teeth and visiting the dentist. although, of course they are very important!
Many things in your day to day life can affect your oral health. Here are some things you should know on how to keep your mouth and teeth as happy and healthy as possible!
1. Brush Your Teeth Twice A Day
Ok so we are kicking things off with an obvious one, but did you know that almost half of brits don’t brush their teeth twice a day! Brushing at least twice a day ensures you are removing the plaque that causes tooth decay! Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth everyday from the bacteria in your food and drink. If plaque is left to accumulate on your teeth it can lead to a number of problems for your mouth! Making sure you brush twice a day as well as flossing, for those hard to reach areas, is vital to good oral health!
2. Your Bad Breath Could Be Caused By A Dental Problem.
Gum problems are most commonly to blame for bad breath – gum disease, gingivitis/periodontitis are usually the cause! If your gums bleed to the touch or you spit blood after brushing you could have a gum problem! While having bad breath can be embarrassing it can be treated so visiting your dentist to fix the problem is always the best thing to. Masking bad breath with mouth wash will not cure the underlying issue – and let’s face it, it will only make your breath a little less smelly!
3. Oral Cancer Screenings Are A Part Of Your Regular Check Ups.
This makes your biannual dental checkup even more important for your oral health! While many of us wouldn’t know where to start when looking for signs of oral cancer – Dentists and Dental Hygienists are trained to spot the signs and as with most cancers catching it early is key to curing the disease! If you are worried about about oral cancer, your oral health in general or haven’t visited your dentist in a while book an appointment today!
4. Change Your Tooth Brush!
Many people believe that changing your toothbrush every 6 months is adequate – the truth is you should change your tooth brush at least every 3 months! Your toothbrush harbours bacteria, you should rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with warm water after every use and if you have been ill or have suffered from gum disease you should change your toothbrush immediately. 1 in 5 of us aren’t actually brushing our teeth correctly and many people are using the wrong toothbrush! Check out our blog on Toothbrushing Mistakes to make sure you are doing everything you can to look after your oral health!
5. Visit Your Dentist
Having good oral health isn’t just about having a clean mouth, did you know that your oral health is directly linked to the general health of the rest of your body!? Visiting your dentist regularly allows your dentist to identify problems that could be linked to other health problems, as well as preventing cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and other serious dental problems. Don’t wait until you have a problem to visit the dentist. Prevention is better than cure!
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