There are few things most of us dread more than a visit to the dentist, and perhaps that’s why so many of us go only if our teeth start giving us trouble. If that’s the case, then a) you really should book an appointment ASAP (죄송합니다, but it’s true), and b) read on for seven must-know facts about oral health that will, hopefully, make your next trip to the dentist a total breeze …
1 Don’t skip the bedtime brush
You already know you should brush twice a day, but after a late night Netflix binge it’s OK to skip the odd bedtime clean, right? The short answer is no. This is because when you’re asleep, your saliva production – your mouth’s natural defence that neutralises acid, washes away food and helps prevent bacteria and plaque from forming – drops. 그래서, no matter how tired and lazy you’re feeling before bed, sud up before you hit those sheets.
2 Healthy gums don’t bleed
If you think a bit of blood in the sink when you brush or floss is normal or nothing to worry about, we have some news for you: it’s not, and the worst thing you can do is ignore it.
“This is an early telltale sign of gum disease that, if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis, which is more serious and can result in a loss of teeth,"라고 말한다 Dr Ian Dunn, a leading periodontist, who specialises in gum disease.
The good news is, if caught early, gum disease is something that can be nipped in the bud quickly and painlessly. The secret? Brushing twice a day with Corsodyl toothpaste. Specially formulated to target gum disease, it contains refined sodium bicarbonate particles that penetrate the plaque layer to loosen its grip on your teeth and send bacteria swilling away down the plughole. Sorted.
3 Improving your gum health could improve your overall health
Did you know that getting on top of your brushing routine could improve the health of your whole body? “A good oral health routine helps prevent inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis or early gum disease, which is commonly caused when plaque or bacteria accumulate on the teeth,” says Dunn. Most of us will get gingivitis at some point, but if left untreated it can become more severe and result in intense gum inflammation that affects the bloodstream. This has been associated with an increased risk of health complications, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and has even been linked with problems in pregnancy and with dementia.
4 You might need to anti-age your brushing regime
Forget wrinkles – could your gums be making you look old? “Gum disease isn’t age related – it can happen at any age – but, as we grow older, gums can recede, saliva flow naturally drops, and teeth and gums can become more sensitive and susceptible to decay,” says Dunn. 대답? Ensure you are smashing your oral health routine. When it comes to brushing, be gentle – don’t scrub up and down with your toothbrush, which can contribute to gum erosion, but instead use gentle circular motions, remembering that you should brush for two minutes twice a day. And don’t forget to floss or use interdental brushes – that’s important too. Also check on the age of your brush – if it’s older than three months, or the bristles are frayed, it’s time for a newbie.
5 Grazing isn’t great
Snacking may keep you energised, but nibbling throughout the day makes it hard for your teeth’s natural defences to do their job. This is because, whenever you eat, your mouth produces acid and this acidic environment is when tooth decay happens. Your saliva works hard to neutralise this acid, but it’s got its work cut out when you’re mindlessly munching throughout the day. “Save sugar-rich foods or drinks for mealtimes, or have your snacks in one go rather than constantly nibbling,” advises Dunn.
6 Slurp smartly
Juices, smoothies, herbal teas and fruit-based drinks contain high levels of phosphoric and citric acid as well as sugar. This can cause decay, erosion, cracks and chipping – and you also lose whiteness because dentine, which is naturally yellow, can be seen through the thinning enamel. The advice? Have a glass of water “chaser” and swill it around your mouth to reduce the acidity and sugar in contact with your teeth, or add ice to cold drinks to water them down.
7 Break free from the grind
A stressful lifestyle can trigger dental no-no’s such as bruxism (teeth grinding). “A lot of people do it without realising – either during the day or when they’re asleep – but it can cause dental problems such as teeth wear, breaking, fracturing or cracking, as well as muscle ache,” says Dunn. If it’s an ingrained habit, it’s not easy to fix, but your dentist may suggest guards that protect your teeth. Tension-relieving techniques such as regular exercise, meditation or breathing techniques to relax the jaw muscles during the day and before bed could also help.
Healthy gums don’t bleed – if yours do, it’s time to take action. Brushing with Corsodyl toothpaste twice a day is clinically proven to help stop and prevent bleeding gums – so that’s one thing off your to-do list. To find out more, head to corsodyl.co.uk/products/toothpaste