At Wigginton Dental Practice, we will help you to look after your teeth and gums, and keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
A healthy mouth is essential, not only to protect your teeth and keep your breath fresh, but also to protect your general health and well-being.
Brushing tips (for adults and children):
- Remember that an important of caring for your teeth is actually in caring for your gums –
- When brushing, angle your toothbrush slightly (upwards for the top teeth and downwards for the lower teeth) so that as you brush the teeth you are also brushing the gums.
- Always brush gently – otherwise you may push the gums away from the teeth.
- Always use a fluoride toothpaste.
Preventing and treating gum disease
Periodontal disease, another name for gum disease is caused by bacteria that collects at the gum line as dental plaque. The plaque needs to be removed by brushing and cleaning between the teeth twice a day. If not properly cleaned, the gum starts to come away from the tooth, forming pockets and the plaque grows down below the gum line. Over time, the bone that supports the teeth is destroyed, the gums shrink and eventually the teeth become wobbly and fall out. That’s the science!
- Gum disease is completely treatable if diagnosed early enough
- Over half the population has gum disease, often without knowing
- Gum disease can lead to bad breath, loose teeth and painful gums if left untreated
We have created a short guide to gum disease, how it is treated and the most effective ways to look after your teeth and gums to maintain them in a healthy state which you can download here. The video on this page demonstrates the correct way to use the single-tufted Interspace brush, which is a particularly effective cleaning tool for anyone with gum disease.