Dental disease covers a wide range of conditions, from the relativity simple build up of plaque to the more serious cases of oral cancer. The most common conditions include tooth cavities, gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. This usually occurs when plaque build up is not properly removed and begins to infect the surrounding gum line. The gums will become swollen, red and will sometimes bleed when the teeth are being brushed. If left untreated this condition can lead to severe gum disease, which is the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults.
Periodontitis is also an inflammatory disease, which affects the tissue that supports the teeth. It also involves the progressive loss of alveolar bone around the tooth and if left untreated will result in tooth loss.
Your west London dentist can advise you if you have these conditions and give you support and guidance on how to counter them. However, prevention is always better than cure and by adopting a good oral hygiene habit you can dramatically reduce the risk of devolving these conditions.
Start with brushing your teeth at least twice a day and remembering to floss each night. If you feel a standard toothbrush is not sufficient invest in an electric one, as they will remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush. As it is not always possible to clean your teeth after eating it is a good idea to have some sugar free gum to chew, as this can help reduce the build up of plaque between brushing.
Have regular check-up with your dentist and look to have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year. This will remove any harden tartar before it becomes a problem.