It is important to reduce how often and how much sugar you consume in food and drink.
Reduce the amount of sugar containing food and drink you eat during meal times.
Snacks in between meals should not contain sugar and acidic drinks should be avoided.
Brush twice a day on all surfaces with a family fluoride toothpaste. Tooth brushing is the only effective way to remove plaque from teeth and gums. The removal of plaque is essential to avoid gum disease.
The size of the toothbrush depends on the size of your mouth. The brush should reach all surfaces easily and comfortably to make brushing effective. Tooth brushing alone is not enough to prevent decay – a family fluoride (more than 1350 ppm) toothpaste should be used and ideally you should be flossing between teeth as often as possible.
Visit the dentist
It is important to visit the dentist for an oral examination at least once a year. This applies to all age groups.
Those at risk from oral disease such as children and those without fluoride in their drinking water should visit the dentist more often. (Ask your dentist for advice on frequency of your visits.)
Fluoride in drinking water is a proved and effective way to aid prevention of tooth decay.
North West drinking water does not contain fluoride; it can be supplemented by using fluoride drops for small children, prescription high fluoride toothpastes, and mouth rinses for older children and adults. However drops, tablets and rinses should only be used with the advice of your dentist.
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, roll ups or chewing pan, guthka or tobacco are all harmful to the mouth. They are all major risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis) and oral cancer.
We are very happy to guide and support you if are planning to stop or cut down on smoking – please ask any member of our dental team.
Drinking more than the recommended government amounts can be risk factors for oral and other cancers. For females, the current recommendation is not to exceed 14 units per week, and for males it is 20 units. 2 alcohol free days per week are recommended.
The risk is multiplied if you are a smoker.