Tips

We’ve also got a series of Tips on how to keep your gums, teeth and mouth in perfect health:

1. Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste

2. Floss or use interdental brushes daily between your teeth to remove plaque your toothbrush cannot reach

3. Chew sugar-free gum. This will make your saliva flow, protecting teeth and gums against destructive bacteria and acid

4. Limit sugary drinks and snacks to mealtimes. Sugar turns to acid in your mouth and takes 45 minutes to get back to normal

5. Keep fit - people who stay fit and healthy are 40% less likely to develop tooth threatening gum infections

6. Smoking is a major risk factor in periodontal (gum) disease

7. Know what to look out for – bleeding or receding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, ulcers that don’t heal etc.

8. Don’t avoid a problem – if you’re worried about a symptom, make an appointment today

9. Make regular dental check-ups part of your oral health regime – dentist can help you plan a preventative care programme