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Gum care as important as tooth care say London SE1 dentist

20 / 11 / 2010

Looking after your teeth is very important. They are an extremely important part of your body that enable you to eat and drink, talk and provide valuable support for the facial structure. When problems occur with the teeth they can be very unpleasant and cause a great deal of pain not to mention expense and anxiety. However, what many people often overlook is that the gums are equally important for the health of your mouth and wider health in general.

The gums are the support structure for the teeth and are inexorably linked to them. They too can suffer at the hands of plaque and bacteria, which cause gum disease. When plaque acid begins to irritate the gum tissue it can become infected, leading first to gingivitis and then to periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease that can result in losing teeth and even heart disease.

Nearly three quarters of the adults in the UK will suffer from gum disease at some point in their life, which gives you some idea of just how common it is. The best way to protect against gum disease is by brushing and flossing. Angle the toothbrush at forty-five degrees to the gums to gradually stimulate them and remove the thin layer of plaque that has built up. It is also vital to floss as this removes plaque and food particles around the base of the tooth. These areas are very hard to clean with a brush so are often the source of gum disease issues. Finally, make sure that you see your London SE1 dentist every six months for a check up. They will be able to examine your gums in detail for any sign of disease and carry out any necessary treatment.

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