World Oral Health Day (#WOHD19) is celebrated on 20th March across the globe every year. It is all about raising awareness of the importance of good oral health and encouraging people to improve their dental and general wellbeing.
At BPI Dental, this is what we’re all about so we whole-heartedly support the initiative. We’re here to help you look after your teeth and gums for many years to come, which in turn is highly favourable for the health of the rest of your body.
Gum disease is a very common but totally preventable dental health problem. Most adults in the UK will experience gum disease to some degree during their lives, but it can be stopped in its tracks when identified early. If it’s left to progress, a more serious condition called periodontal disease occurs which can cause irreversible damage. This might include receding gums, loose teeth or even tooth loss. While our expert dental team can address all these issues, it is definitely better to prevent them in the first place.
It’s important, therefore, that you are aware of how to maintain your oral health in order to prevent gum disease. Basic principles can be applied to your dental health routine at home to ensure you’re cleaning your mouth effectively. Other factors and lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and diet can also affect the health of your mouth and your body.
Oral health top tips from BPI Dental
- Brush twice daily using a tooth brush with soft bristles
- Use toothpaste containing fluoride
- Don’t rinse toothpaste out of your mouth after brushing
- Clean between the teeth once a day using floss, interdental brushes or a water flosser
- Visit your BPI dentist and / or dental hygienist regularly
- Go smoke-free
- Avoid regular, excessive alcohol consumption
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Drink lots of water
- Protect your teeth when playing sports with an effective mouth guard
For more information on how you can look after your teeth and gums and those of your children, have a chat with our friendly BPI Dental team. Whether you’re worried about bleeding gums or simply want to make sure you’re doing everything you can for a bright and healthy smile, we’d be happy to help!
Helpful downloadable resources are also available from the World Oral Health Day campaign website here - http://www.worldoralhealthday.org/2019/good-oral-care-checklists