Caring for your teeth and gums properly can help you to keep all of your natural teeth for a lifetime.
Here are some tips to help you keep your mouth healthy throughout your life…
For information on looking after your child’s teeth from birth, check out our Tips for Parents section.
7 to 12 years
By the age of seven, adult teeth will have started to come through. Children should still be supervised when brushing, and sugary food and drink should be avoided if possible.
12 to 18 years
Children should now be mature enough to take responsibility for keeping their own teeth clean. Teeth in this age group are particularly prone to damage caused by fizzy drinks consumed between meals, as acids from these attack tooth enamel and can cause it to wear away.
It’s best to wait for half an hour before brushing after eating or drinking, to allow saliva to naturally neutralise the acids from some foods and drinks which soften tooth enamel.
18 to 50 years
Many adults will suffer from a form of gum disease at some stage of their lives. There are two main types: gingivitis and periodontitis. Of the two, periodontitis is the more serious because it can actually eat away at part of the jawbone, causing permanent bone loss.
The first signs of gum disease are usually swollen and red gums that bleed easily. Eventually, if left untreated, the gums start to recede and can result in teeth becoming loose and eventual tooth loss.
To reduce the chances of serious gum disease, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth at least once a day, and visit your dentist regularly, who will be able to monitor the condition of your gums.
Some of your teeth may show signs of damage because they have been worn down by general wear, grinding and over-brushing. Continue to avoid sugary sweets and drinks and follow a good brushing routine at home. It is now even more important to clean between your teeth and continue to visit your dental team regularly.
To help you choose the best products for you and your family at the different stages of your lives we’ve put together a simple dental product guide here.