The Importance of Oral Health

Why is oral hygiene so important?Healthy Mouth Tips
 

A nice smile and fresh breath is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to oral health. 

Yes, we feel more confident and in better health if our teeth and gums are in tip top condition.  It also helps with communication in that we are less inhibited and talk freely and clearly.  Healthy teeth and gums also enable us to eat and chew properly which, in turn, ensures we get the nutrition we need and aids the digestion of food.


But oral health goes much deeper than this.  Good oral hygiene is vital to our general wellbeing as it can affect our health in many ways.
 

Millions of people are unaware that they are at greater risk of suffering from gum disease and the potentially serious health problems associated with it.
 

Gum disease has been linked to heart and respiratory problems, diabetes, premature births and breast cancer.    It is statistically more likely to affect smokers, girls and women going through hormonal changes including pregnancy, people with diabetes or cancer and those who take certain prescription or over the counter medicines, a side effect of which is to reduce the flow of saliva.
 

Around 10 per cent of the UK population more than six million people are more susceptible to gum disease but few of these people realise they may be at higher risk of getting gum disease.


It is estimated that 50-90 per cent of the UK population has some form of gum disease, the main cause of which is plaque. Plaque can develop within under four hours of eating ­ sometimes within a matter of minutes ­ if teeth are not brushed properly.


In just over 24 hours, the plaque will start to harden swiftly into rock-solid tartar. The process can be complete within two or three days.
 

And from then it is only a matter of weeks before the various gum disease symptoms start to become apparent.
 

One of the first symptoms of gingivitis is swollen gums. This can be easy to ignore until the pain starts.
 

Bleeding gums are an obvious symptom but some people still persist in turning a blind eye to the problem: some because they mistakenly regard it as a ‘normal’ occasional occurrence; others because there is no immediate pain, merely a few flecks of blood.
 

Pain is­ or should be an obvious trigger for action but some people with sore gums will still put off a long-overdue visit to the dentist.
 

Receding gums can be very serious. In extreme cases, a receding gum line can lead to teeth either falling out or becoming so precariously loose that they have to be extracted by a dentist.
 

But how can we avoid gum disease? A few simple practices will help protect us against the problem:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for around two minutes. It is too easy to overlook this when you are tired and it is late. If you are at home for the evening, get ready for bed before you start feeling tired. That way, you brush your teeth and floss when you are more alert and it is less of a chore. Just don’t eat or drink anything afterwards.
  • Floss every day, as this reaches areas that a toothbrush might miss. Get into the habit, it does not take long at all.
  • Visit your dentist or hygienist on a regular basis, as this will ensure that signs of gum disease are spotted and treated as soon as possible.  Not been to your dentist/hygienist for a while? Pick up the phone and make that all important appointment.
  • Replace your toothbrush regularly (every three or four months or as soon as the bristles look worn). Add this to your next shopping list or buy it online.
  • Avoid starchy, sugary foods and drinks, as these make the problem worse. Think about what you eat and its effect on your health.
  • Eat plenty of fresh foods and vegetables and avoid snacking between meals. If you are hungry between meals, snack on something healthy like fresh fruit, particularly apples or raw vegetables such as carrots.  Not only are they good for you but the action of chewing will stimulate saliva flow which reduces the build-up of bacteria.

Using a good toothpaste every day is an important part of a proper daily oral health regime.
Elgydium is a medicinal toothpaste that helps to ward off gum disease. Unlike many other toothpastes, it contains chlorhexidine ­ a proven gingivitis treatment with a medical history that dates back at least three decades.
 

Chlorhexidine is also the active ingredient in menthol-flavoured Eludril mouthwash, recommended as a short-term treatment for gum disease. One rinse can keep working for up to 12 hours.
 

For best results, dental professionals recommend a 15ml dosage (for adults and children aged over 6) diluted with lukewarm water using the measuring cup provided.
 

Follow this advice and you can help ensure that your smile reflects a healthy person both inside and out.

 
 
 
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Eludril Mouthwash & Elgydium Toothpaste are manufactured by Pierre Fabre Oral Care & distributed by Pierre Fabre Limited.

  Eludril Mouthwash contains chlorhexidine.  Always read the label. 
 
Adverse events should also be reported to Pierre Fabre Ltd. Tel: 0208 731 3322
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