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3 Signs Your Oral Health Is Declining

By Reiss Smith December 19th, 2019 | Image Source : Men's Health

While most of us are diligent in our twice-a-day brushing routine (you are, aren’t you?), it’s easy to let standards slip. Everybody forgets to floss every now and then, and who can honestly say they always switch brush heads bang on time?

According to the NHS national dental health survey, only one in ten people have “excellent” oral health, meaning that for the vast majority, there is room for improvement.

While these common mistakes might be the type you’d skim over while chatting to your dentist, they can lead to easily-missed (but treatable) signs that your smile isn’t quite as ship-shape as it could be. If you notice any of these things happening to you, it’s time to take action.

You see blood in your spit

This isn’t as dramatic as it sounds. When you next brush your teeth, take a closer look at what ends up in your sink. If your spit has a pink tinge (and assuming you aren’t using your nephew’s strawberry-flavoured toothpaste), this might be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.

Most adults in the UK have some degree of gum disease, which is caused by a build-up of plaque – the sticky film that naturally covers our mouth. Over time, this plaque hardens into tartar, which irritates the gums and causes bleeding, swelling and sometimes soreness.

Solution
Luckily, gingivitis is reversible and can usually be sorted out with a trip to the dentist. But before it gets to that stage (or, to stop it from recurring), an effective twice-daily cleaning routine can help. Just pay attention to the detail.

According to the oral experts at Ordo you should angle your toothbrush horizontally at 45° and move it slowly along the gum lines.

“Move tooth by tooth, spending a few seconds on each. Repeat the same for outer, inner and chewing surfaces – don’t skip anywhere,” says dentist Amin Aminian.

Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride-rich toothpaste and fight the urge to rinse after brushing. Dentists recommend that you simply spit to avoid rinsing away the fluoride. You should also use floss or an interdental brush once a day to clean where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Your loved ones keep their distance

Do friends keep cancelling plans? Second dates failing to materialise? Perhaps your breath is to blame! Okay, that may be bit extreme. But bad breath, or to give its official, more polite name – halitosis, is very common among adults – and it could be the reason why your girlfriend turns her head to the side when you’re chatting in bed.

That unpleasant smell is often caused by eating sweet foods, smoking and drinking sugary or alcoholic drinks. “As food and drinks are consumed throughout the day, they often become trapped between our teeth and stuck in small folds of the tongue and other areas of the mouth,” explains dental hygienist Anna Middleton.

“If this build up isn’t removed daily, the bacteria in your mouth helps it to thrive, resulting in bad breath.”

Solution

As well as cutting down on treats and (if necessary) cutting out cigarettes, spending a little longer on your morning routine can also help to kick bad breath.

In addition to brushing and flossing meticulously, using a tongue scraper and an antibacterial mouthwash should also help restore your breath to its former minty-fresh glory. If after a few weeks you see no improvement, visit a dentist, as there may be an underlying problem.

You’ve changed jobs more than toothbrushes

When was the last time you took a good, long look at your toothbrush? For something so intimate, many of us fail to notice when our brushes need replacing. In if your toothbrush has been around longer than you can remember, it’s definitely time to change.

The Oral Health Foundation recommends replacing your toothbrush or electric brush head at least every two months, explaining that “worn-out toothbrushes cannot clean your teeth properly and may damage your gums.”

Solution

The subscription service from Ordo makes keeping on top of this schedule easy and effortless. When you buy the Ordo Sonic+ Toothbrush you can also order a customisable refill pack that will arrive automatically (and with free delivery) every one, two or three months. That’s one less thing on your to-do list.

Along with a fresh brush head, the recommended refill pack comes with a two-month supply of toothpaste, concentrated mouthwash (convenient and environmentally-friendly), 3 pack of interdental brushes. and 25ml of floss.

Author: Reiss Smith

Source: Men’s Health: 3 Signs Your Oral Health Isn’t Up To Scratch

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