As a child, tooth loss is a rite of passage. As an adult, however, it’s distressing and causes embarrassment and often a lack of confidence. Similarly, bad breath is a frustrating and unpleasant issue to experience. Luckily, both are avoidable. Maintaining an effective brushing routine that keeps your gums healthy will ensure that you retain your teeth and have sweet-smelling breath every day.
Unhealthy gums and tooth loss
Today, one of the leading causes of tooth loss is due to a condition called periodontitis, better known as gum disease.
This is because your gums provide a protective barrier between teeth and the bone that keeps them secure. A build up of plaque around this area, however, can cause gums to recede from the teeth. Over time, further plaque and infections can develop in these spaces and, if left untreated, this will impact the support structure in your mouth and cause a loss of gum tissue. Eventually, tooth loss will occur as a result.
Thankfully, periodontitis is avoidable if proper care and attention is given to cleaning of the gums. The best way to do this is to hold your toothbrush at a 45° angle towards the gumline and brush in gentle circular motions, covering every tooth. Along with brushing, flossing should be implemented into your daily routine. Flossing is crucial in diminishing the amount of plaque build up around your gumline.
Unhealthy gums and bad breath
Persistent bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth, is also a major symptom of gum disease. This is because the bacteria that causes unhealthy gums often produces a sulphur compound, the agent responsible for a strong odour in the mouth.
Once again, a good oral hygiene routine will help prevent bad breath. Alongside brushing and flossing, gargling and rinsing with mouthwash will get rid of further oral bacteria. Cleaning your tongue is also important for removing bacteria, and you can do so by using your toothbrush or, ideally, a tongue scraper.
Of course, no matter how good a brushing routine you adopt, it’s vital that you visit your dentist regularly for a check-up. Our dentists are experts at what they do, and as such will be able to give you helpful advice and answer any of your queries no matter how big or small.