Category: Oral Health

10 Reasons to Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth twice a day should be a very important part of your dental routine. There are many reasons to brush your teeth twice a day, some of them are common knowledge and some of them aren’t. We go through ten of the most important reasons below:

1. Save money – Prevention is cheaper than cure! Brushing your teeth twice a day will improve the health of your teeth and gums and help to prevent problems in the future – leaving you with lower dental bills.

2. Fresh Breath – Bacteria can build up in your mouth if you don’t brush your teeth regularly. You can prevent this build up by brushing twice a day – chewing sugar free gum after every meal can also help to prevent the build up of bacteria.

3. Stay kissable – Who wants to kiss someone with food between their teeth or bad breath? Brushing is the cheapest and most effective way to remove food & bacteria.

4. Prevent gum disease РGingivitis (inflammation of the gums and the first stage of gum disease) is caused by plaque build-up in the area where your teeth meet your gums. This can lead to swollen gums that bleed when you brush them. Plaque is an accumulation of food and bacteria which appears in everyone’s mouth.

5. Reduce your chance of a heart attack or stroke – Bacteria from your mouth can make its way into your bloodstream and increase the likelihood of a build up cholesterol on your arteries, which in turn increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.

6. Prevent or minimise Diabetes – Any gum disease can make it harder to control your blood glucose. The relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.

7. Have a healthy baby – Gum disease has been shown to increase the chance of premature birth and low birth weight. It can also be one of the many causes of delayed conception and impotence. So get your mouth and gums healthy first.

8. Prevent Dementia – Some studies have shown that poor oral health increases your risk of developing dementia by a third.

9. Toothpaste Рon your brush is the best way to apply fluoride and other desensitizers. Fluoride in toothpastes becomes part of a tooth’s surface, protecting the enamel from the acid released by plaque.

10. Remove stains – There are mild abrasives in toothpaste that remove debris and surface stains. Examples include calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, hydrated aluminium oxides, magnesium carbonate, phosphate salts and silicates.

So that 2 minute brush, twice a day can actually save your life. The Dental and Hygiene team at Gwersyllt Dental Practice can provide even more information on brushing your teeth and keeping them clean. So for more information, either contact us via our website or call us directly today on 01978 757 409.

Mouth Cancer Action Month 1 – 30 November 2014

More than 6,700 people in the UK were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. The disease has increased by a third in the last decade, and remains one of the few cancers predicted to rise in the future. Mouth cancer claims over 2,000 lives every year – more than cervical and testicular cancer combined.

There are factors that increase the chance of developing the disease, but mouth cancer can affect anybody – that’s why raising awareness of this silent killer is so important.

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Throughout November, the British Dental Health Foundation aims to get more mouth cancers diagnosed early. When caught in the early stages, there’s a 90% chance of surviving the disease. But late diagnosis slashes the survival rate to just 50%.

Take action on mouth cancer

Check your teeth and gums when you clean your teeth. If you notice anything unusual, see your dentist. Regular dental checkups are essential. When examining your mouth, your dentist can see problems in their early stages that you can’t see yourself – including mouth cancer.

The key things to remember are:

  • Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks
  • Don’t ignore an unusual lump, swelling or red and white patches in your mouth
  • If in doubt, get it checked out – early detection could save your life

What causes mouth cancer?

Understanding the risk factors that can lead to mouth cancer will help everyone make better choices that can help avoid the disease:

Poor diet

More than half of cases in the UK are linked to a poor diet. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, especially those rich in rich in vitamins A, C and E, keeps the body body fit and healthy and reduces the risk all cancers, including mouth cancer.

Tobacco and alcohol

Tobacco and alcohol are behind most cases of mouth cancer. If tobacco and alcohol are consumed together the risk is even greater.

Tobacco in all its forms is harmful to health: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco with substances such as betel quid, gutkha and paan. If you smoke or are addicted to tobacco products get help from your doctor to stop.

Drinking alcohol to excess is linked to around a third of all cases of mouth cancer. To protect yourself, cut down the amount you drink. Moderate drinking, such as a glass of wine here and there is much safer than consuming a whole bottle in a single evening.

Sun damage

Over-exposure to sunlight increases the risk of cancer of the lips. Use a specialist lipscreen alongside your sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun a lot and avoid sunbeds.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body. HPV can spread through oral sex, and research now suggests that it could soon rival smoking and drinking as one of the main causes of mouth cancer. Practicing safe sex and limiting the number of partners may reduce the chance of contracting HPV.

Get involved – #bluelipselfie

As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, the BDA have launched the Blue Lip Selfie campaign. So if you want to support mouth cancer awareness, all you need to do is:

  1. Wear blue lipstick or a set of blue lips and take a selfie of yourself or alongside family, friends or colleagues
  2. Share your selfie on your Facebook or Twitter account using the hashtag #bluelipselfie
  3. Make a donation to the British Dental Health Foundation

If you’re worried about mouth cancer, please call Gwersyllt Dental Care on 01978 757 409.

 

 

 

Good Oral Health Vital For Expectant Mothers

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet during pregnancy is an important contributor to the health of your baby. Your oral health and dental care are major factors in your overall health, and it is therefore important for you to ensure they are both of the highest level possible.

It is highly advisable for pregnant women to visit their dentist during the period in which they are carrying their child. This is because pregnant women are susceptible to bleeding gums and build-up of plaque during this time.

It is therefore a good idea to visit your dentist during pregnancy, as a greater level of dental care may be required during this time. Follow the advice of the dentist with regards to you oral health care regime and the regularity with which you should return for future visits.

It is also recommended for you to ask the dentist any questions you may have about your baby’s future dental care following birth – including recommended dietary information and when you should bring your child to the practice for their first appointment with the dentist.

If you are interested in making an appointment with the dentist at our practice, please do not hesitate to contact us via our website or directly by telephone.