It’s time to get serious about your GUM HEALTH
Women experiencing hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, are one of the most at risk groups of gum disease
One in five Australians suffer from gum
problems – and many don’t even know it, according to research from the National Survey of Adult Oral Health. New research from leading oral care brand Oral-B has revealed that more than half (53%) admit that they have ignored or dismissed the early signs of the disease.
During pregnancy, increased levels of progesterone can make the gums more susceptible to plaque bacteria. By checking your teeth and gums for any signs and symptoms of gum problems such as redness in the mouth, swelling or bleeding when brushing to ‘Rid the Red’, these poor oral health and gum problems may be prevented or even reversed before it’s too late.
SIX STEPS TO MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH
1 Oscillating-rotating electric toothbrushes are the best way to remove the most plaque. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
2 Floss regularly, paying special attention to your back teeth, which can harbour more plaque as they are harder to reach.
3 Replace your toothbrush every three months.
4 If you experience bleeding gums, that’s generally a sign that you haven’t cleaned that area thoroughly. Pay a little more attention brushing and flossing in that spot, but if the bleeding continues, see your dental professional.
5 Use a specialised product to help address any dental problems or concerns.
6 Visit a dental professional regularly for check-ups and cleaning, especially in pregnancy.
Far too often the signs and symptoms get left untreated as patients ignore them, unaware of the potential long-term damage that gum problems can have. MATTHEW HOPCRAFT CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, LEADING DENTIST AND ORAL-B CONSULTANT “The new Oral-B Gum Care range helps to inhibit plaque bacteria growth between brushings and reduce tartar formation.” MATTHEW HOPCRAFT