Taking care of your teeth
Giving your teeth the care they deserve should be part of your daily routine. Start by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Remember to clean all the surfaces of your teeth - you can use floss or an interdental brush to remove plaque and food between gaps and around your gums.
It’s important to get into good dental health habits as soon as our teeth first arrive. Whilst milk teeth will fall out, our second set stays with us for life - so it’s important we care for them from the get go.
Caring for your gums is just as important as cleaning your teeth. Even if you have pearly whites, you can still be at risk of gum disease if you don’t keep them healthy.
Left untreated, gum disease can cause bad breath, shrunken gums and loose teeth. It can also lead to serious infections which can permanently damage the gums and bones connected to your teeth.
Mouth ulcers are small sores that are common but uncomfortable. They can be triggered by various injuries or sensitivities including food allergies, cuts or burns, braces or fillings and biting the inside of your cheek. Ulcers usually go away on their own, but you can speed up the healing process with targeted ulcer treatments.
Other oral health conditions
Sore gums and ulcers aside - there are many other oral health conditions to look out for. Cold sores are common, contagious infections that usually develop on your lips or mouth. They normally heal on their own but can be soothed with patches or blisters - find out more about cold sore treatments.
Oral thrush is another infection that appears in the mouth. Otherwise known as oral candidiasis, it is caused by natural yeast which can lead to white patches, soreness and loss of taste. Learn more about oral thrush symptoms in adults and babies and treatments that can help.