Trying our best to keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay each day in central London is the prime directive of oral hygiene, or if you want to be technical, preventative dentistry. These two evil elements only pose a threat if they are allowed to advance, and boy, can they advance! They can lead to halitosis, tooth and bone loss, heart disease and organ failure- pretty good reason to prevent them then! If you feel at any time you are having problems, you should get down to the dentist and find out how to tackle them. Sure the dentist will do the scale and polish bit, but between you, you should iron out a plan on how to look after your mouth. The dentist will check your dental records and based on that and any current problems, and then suggest ways to improve your oral hygiene. This will take into account such matters as diet, medication and things that you do but shouldn’t be doing, like smoking and/or excessive drinking. You can also discuss the brushes and toothpastes you use and maybe adjust them accordingly The dentist can get your teeth into the best possible shape and make you look pretty, but what they can’t do is keep an eye on what you are getting up to elsewhere. At the end of the day, it’s down to you to take responsibility for the health of your teeth, gums and mouth.