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  • Writer's pictureAlison Castle

The Importance of Oral Health

Why Is our Oral Health Important now more than ever?

Although for many years dentistry and medicine have previously been considered as separate entities . In the recent years, more studies and research have revealed links between oral health and general whole body systemic health.

With previously confirmed links between oral health and diabetes, cardiovascular health, dementia and respiratory disease further research has even suggested that those with chronic gum disease may be increased risk of COVID-19.

With all of this evidence that has come to light, it is more evident that good oral health is imperative to our overall health and quality of life. Not to mention our mouth is indispensable to helping us with eating, speaking and smiling too!

How To Achieve Good Oral Health at Home?

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, last thing at night and at one other time in the day.

  • Spit don’t rinse!- spit out the excess toothpaste but don’t rinse straight after with water or mouthwash. The toothpaste needs to have enough contact time with the teeth.

  • Use floss or interdental brushes once daily to clean in-between your teeth

  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn.

  • Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary and acidic foods in your diet- this protects your teeth from tooth decay and tooth wear.

  • Limit alcohol consumption to low risk levels- under 14 units per week.

  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco.

  • Regularly check your mouth for any abnormalities or ulcerations- if you notice something suspicious get it checked. (Check out our Oral cancer awareness blog).

How Can We Help?

Visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly is an essential part of looking after your oral health. Each person’s oral health need is different so whereas some people can visit the dentist once a year, along with the hygienist. Others may need to be seen as frequently as every 3 months. Your need will be assessed by one of our clinicians.

Regular check-ups with your Dentist will include- checking for tooth decay, tooth wear, oral cancer screening and a review of your gum health.

At Burgate Dental Practice & Implant Centre; working alongside the Dentist is the Hygienist. Along with a secondary oral cancer screen, the Hygienist will also be able to assess gum health, clean your teeth, advise, educate and tailor your oral health care regime to ensure your oral health remains as good as possible, whilst keeping your teeth looking and feeling amazing.

All of these steps combined will help you achieve good oral health, and in turn help towards achieving good overall health.

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