I was gonna write about Amanda Knox's acquittal and the death of Steve Jobs, but I know that my brain cells will not be able to cope with writing even just the first sentence, so I decided to stick to what I do best - writing about myself. =)
Three weeks ago, I decided to register with a dentist here in Bristol. I have been here for a decade but has never gone to a dentist. First, because it's expensive and second, because I thought there was a waiting list. I would normally save my dental check up for when I go home to the Philippines. But when I went home in April, I just didn't have time. So I didn't have a choice than to get a dentist here because my teeth have not been checked for three years. Yes, three years and that's disgusting!
When I went for a dental check up, the dentist told me that I have a gum disease. I kinda knew I had a gum problem because it bleeds everytime I brush my teeth. This really scared me because I know that gum disease is associated with tooth loss. Losing my teeth is my biggest fear. So I was prepared to do anything to save my teeth. The dentist asked me to go back a week later to see a hygienist, and I did.
My Hygienist is called June and she's very nice. She made me comfortable all throughout the procedure. What I liked about her was that she went through everything with me and she was constantly asking if I was okay. I thought she was sweet.
According to gumdisease.co.uk, about 50-90% of the adult population suffers from gum disease. And this is caused by plaques accumulated from the foods that we eat. I asked June if there are foods and drinks that I should eat more or avoid, but she told me I could eat anything. However, some articles suggest that eating crunchy vegetables and fruits with skin helps to get rid of plaques, and eating sugary foods can contribute to the development of plaques (which we know already).
Here's June's Tips to healthy gums and teeth:
1. Use electric toothbrush because it cleans deeper than the manual toothbrush.
2. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, in a circular motion. And when you brush your teeth, it is also important to brush the gums. According to June, by doing this you're keeping your gums healthy.
3. Use dental floss before you brush your teeth. When flossing you have to go as deep as you can.
4. Have a regular dental check up, at least every 6 months.
5. Use Tepe Interdental toothbrush.
This according to June is very effective in cleaning between the teeth. They're very soft and bendable. She gave me two different sizes to choose from, because apparently the gaps between our teeth are different. They are 2.50 pounds for a pack of 8.
I think I have found a toothpaste that I am going to use for a long time, if not forever. I helped myself with the samples from my dental practice. This is the toothpaste that has all around protection, and it's true. Trust me, it really works. I have only been using it for three days, but I can already see the difference. There are lesser plaques on my bottom teeth and my teeth are slightly whiter. What I love about it the most is the freshness that it leaves in the mouth. Honestly, this is totally different from any other toothpaste that I have tried before. It's quite expensive though, 2 pounds for a 75ml tube.
The combination of June's tips and the Oral B Pro-expert is definitely effective. I have noticed that my gums do not bleed anymore even if I have sores (from brushing my gums quite hard). I also enjoy brushing my teeth more than ever before.
Anything to keep that perfect smile.