Tips For Looking After Your Teeth!20th March 2017
Teeth come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and these differences allow them to do many different kinds of jobs, such as chewing and digesting food. They also help us to pronounce different sounds clearly and to speak. They actually provide our face with its shape, so they are a pretty important part of us and therefore we should take good care of them.
So, how do we take good care of our teeth and gums?
- Brush at least twice a day at night and in the morning
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Brush thoroughly for at least 2 minutes each time
- Floss your teeth daily
- Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices
- Limit sugary foods
- Protect your teeth from injury by wearing a mouth guard during sport
- Try to save a knocked out tooth by holding it back in place if possible
- Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food such as cracking nuts or opening things
- See your dentist every six months for check-ups
When we eat sugary and starchy foods, the bacteria in plaque produces acids, which attacks your tooth enamel. The sticky nature of plaque keeps theses acids in contact with your teeth, and after the constant acid attack, it wears down the enamel, which in turn forms holes or cavities.
If the plaque is not removed, then it can harden into tartar. As the tartar forms near the gum line, the plaque underneath releases harmful poisons, which make the gums inflamed. The gaps can become infected and cause gum disease. Severe gum disease can lead to teeth falling out. To prevent gum disease, it is important to remove bits of food from around your teeth with brushing and flossing.
If tartar has formed on your teeth, it can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist. To book an appointment to see someone in our dental team call 0141 952 1692 or visit:Go Back