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now dentist visit not necessary.
This section is designed to give you advice on how to avoid the two most common dental diseases that lead to tooth loss – Gum disease and tooth decay.
Tooth decay happens when bacteria and sugar interact on your tooth surface over a period of time. Most of these bacteria are naturally present in your mouth, however sugar is not. Without sugar, tooth decay cannot occur.
To minimise your risk of tooth decay, you should:
– Reduce the amount of sugar you consume in a day
– Reduce the number of times you consume sugary food and drink during the day
– Regularly brush your teeth to clear away any sugar and food debris that may be present in your mouth
Foodstuffs with high sugar contents:
– Sweets and chocolate
– Fizzy Drinks
– Sugar added to tea and coffee
– Processed foods and sauces e.g. ketchup, mayonnaise, baked beans
– Fruit squash
Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria that are found just below the gum line. To ensure the prevention of gum disease, these bacteria must be disturbed on a regular basis with your toothbrush and interdental floss or brushes.
It is important that your toothbrushing regime also includes brushing towards your gums and not just your teeth otherwise you may still be at risk of gum disease.
– You should brush your teeth twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time
– When brushing, place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your tooth so the tooth brush bristles point towards the gum
– Aim for the tips of your bristles to clean just underneath the gum line
– Brush the back of your tongue to remove bacteria that may cause bad breath
Your toothbrush cannot reach all the way in between your teeth so for those hard to reach gaps, use floss or interdental brushes 3-4 times a week.