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Travelling through Asia

29th June 2012

Amy is one of our experienced Dental Nurses who travelled abroad and reports on global trends while she was there.


Traveling through Asia for six months was an amazing experience. However, I noticed the problems a number of the general public suffered with regarding oral health,asia particularly gum issues. I discovered that this was generally due to lack of oral hygiene education and in some cases, poor access to a dental surgery for financial or travel reasons.

Gum disease, clinically referred to as gingivitis and in the latter stages periodontal disease, is a global issue. It affects people from all over the world in developing and developed countries, even here in the UK.

Good oral hygiene is as follows:

·         Your teeth are clean and free of debris

·         Gums are firmly held against teeth and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss

·         Bad breath is not a constant problem

The bad news is, gum disease will continue to cause problems for people if regular dental check-ups are not attended and if oral hygiene instructions are not reinforced. Advanced gum disease can cause pain, bad breath and even eventual tooth loss.

Symptoms of gum disease

  • ·         Gums that are red, puffy or swollen, or tender
  • ·         Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • ·         Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded
  • ·         Gums that have separated, or pulled away, from your teeth, creating a pocket
  • ·         Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • ·         Pus coming from between your teeth and gums
  • ·         Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

The good news is, gum disease is preventable and at an early stage it is completely reversible.

 

Ways to help you keep gum disease and decay at bay:

  • ·         Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
  • ·         Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
  • ·         Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • ·         Rinsing with a fluoride mouth-rinse if your dentist tells you to

The message is clear, please see your dentist at least once a year and keep up the good work at home!

 

 

Author: Amy Platten RDN -

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