While the nutritional aspect of sugar and carbohydrates cannot be ignored, it is their presence in the mouth after a meal that is a cause for concern. The saliva in the mouth contains enzymes that react with sugars to form an acid. This results in the formation of plaque, a sticky substance on the teeth. If left untreated, plaque hardens to form tartar, which results in cavities on the teeth and eventual tooth loss.
The very basic step to prevent decay is to remove the plaque from the teeth, which can be done by brushing the teeth at least twice a day and if possible after meals. If that is impractical, rinse the mouth with water to remove any trace of food particles. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach and should be carried out at least 3 times a week.
Dentist in West London can help you get rid of the plaque settled around your teeth. The tools used by a dentist can reach areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss. Also in case you are already suffering from a gum disease appropriate treatment should be started immediately. This will avoid severe pain and in some cases even loss of teeth. Since dental problems show up much after the infection has settled in, it is imperative to go in for regular checkups. Some of the indicators of gum disease are bad breath, swollen and red gums, bleeding gums, sensitive or loose teeth, pain while chewing and receding gums.
In case of women, hormonal changes can easily cause gum disease, especially during pregnancy. Also regular smokers and people suffering from diabetes are highly susceptible to gum diseases.