The importance of an effective oral hygiene routine cannot be overemphasised. Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day, in conjunction with regular professional cleaning appointments with the life dental team will keep your teeth and gums healthy and your breath fresh.
Plaque is a clear, sticky film on the surface of your teeth and gums. If the plaque is not removed through daily brushing and flossing it becomes hard and known as tartar, which cannot be removed by your toothbrush.
This can cause irritation and inflammation leading to red, swollen and tender gums that bleed when you brush and floss. This is often a sign of gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that can cause bone deterioration and tooth loss.
Recent studies have indicated a link between poor oral health and poor general health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and has been associated with cardio vascular disease, stroke and pre-term low birth-weight babies.
At life dental we can provide advice on cleaning and flossing techniques in order to maximise the effectiveness of your “at home” oral care routine so you can enjoy a healthy mouth and bright smile for life.