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Your oral hygiene habits also affect your health in general. There is a connection between diseases in your mouth and other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. Caring for your teeth is therefore a good investment for the future.
A sticky film, bacterial plaque, constantly forms on your teeth. If you don't clean properly, plaque will be left behind, especially between the teeth and along the gum line. When plaque accumulates in these areas it causes gum inflammation (gingivitis). Inflamed gum tissue is characterised by redness and swelling. The gums may bleed when you clean your teeth.
There are several different causes to sore gums. Gum disease is a common condition where the gums become sore, swollen and infected. Consult your dentist for the right treatment of your oral issue.
Care for your dental implants just as well as you would care for your natural teeth. Thorough oral hygiene is necessary to prevent diseases around the implants. With proper home care and regular professional maintenance, you can keep your new teeth throughout life.
To prevent gum disease and cavities, you need to clean both your teeth and braces properly. Cleaning with a regular toothbrush is not enough – you often need an extra cleaning device. Your dentist/orthodontic assistant can guide you to suitable products for orthodontic care and show you how to use them. If you have removable braces, make sure to brush them too, using a toothbrush and water.
To prevent or treat bad breath, good oral hygiene is central – daily toothbrushing, as well as cleaning between your teeth using interdental brushes, dental floss or sticks.
Consult your dentist if you experience bad breath.
When plaque accumulates it can causes gum inflammation (gingivitis). Inflamed gum tissue is characterised by redness and swelling. The gums may bleed when you clean your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it grows in the crevice between tooth and gums (the gingival sulcus). On the root surface of the tooth, the plaque hardens into tartar which has a rough surface where bacteria attach even easier.
As the supporting bone gradually breaks down, the tooth loses more and more of its attachment. The gum inflammation has developed into periodontitis. It is a slow process which often goes on unnoticed and without pain. In time the tooth will become loose and in the worst case may be lost.
Consult your dentist if you experience problems with swollen or inflamed gums.
Wisdom teeth are the teeth that emerge in the very back of the mouth. They usually appear between the ages of 18 and 26.