There are a lot of good reasons to protect your mouth from the onslaught of gum disease. When the condition is left to develop without treatment it can cause your gums to decay to such a point where your teeth can fall out. That is certainly not a good look, but you can prevent the condition if you follow a good oral health routine at home.
Your smile says a lot about you and it is one of the first things that people notice when they meet you. A great smile can make you look younger, healthier and more vibrant. Stars with winning smiles have made cosmetic dental treatments more popular in recent years, but by really caring for your teeth and gums you can have a stunning smile naturally.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is the first part of looking after your teeth. We all know this, but it is surprising how many people get lazy about brushing and don’t stay on the ball with it. If you can, you should aim to brush away the bacteria in your mouth after each meal. Doing this helps to stop plaque forming and it is plaque that is the number one cause of gum disease.
There are other factors that can also facilitate gum disease. Such things as smoking, eating too much sugary or fatty food, not getting enough sleep and high stress levels can also contribute to developing the disease.
Everyone knows that sugar is no friend to teeth and gums – it increases the bacteria levels in the mouth and leads to plaque and tartar forming helping gum disease to develop along with cavities. Lack of sleep and stress can affect your immune system and this weakens your body’s ability to fight off bacterial infection in the gums.
So not only is it important that you directly look after and protect your teeth and gums by employing good oral hygiene practices and visiting your dentist for check ups every six months, you should also make looking after your total health by changing certain lifestyle elements.