I have to admit I have been pretty slack with looking after my teeth and gums. I've been really lucky not too have too much trouble so far (touch wood) and I tend to go through phases of being really good and then being a little lazy with it.
I was recently contacted to take part in a little quiz to determine which products would be best to care for my gums and teeth. If you would like a go at the quiz you can do it here. It's all about oral health and will leave you with some ideas to help you keep healthy and love your mouth.
Why Love Your Mouth?
- A new survey commissioned by GSK, as part of its Love Your Mouth campaign (LoveYourMouth.co.uk) has revealed that thousands of people could be putting their oral health at risk by not brushing their teeth in the evening because they are too tired. I am totally guilty of this, it's just a couple of minutes twice a day - I have no excuse!
- The survey found that 45% of people questioned say they have gone to bed without brushing their teeth, which could increase their chances of cavities, gum disease and even tooth loss. Reading stats like this terrifies me, I'd hate to lose my teeth, I hope it's not too late.
- The survey also found that even though 91% of survey respondents say they are aware that poor oral care can lead to a decline in the health of teeth and gums, almost 1 in 5 people surveyed brush their teeth with just water and without using toothpaste! I can't say I have ever done this! It takes no more effort to add toothpaste so this really surprised me.
- Based on these new findings, it’s unsurprising that 67% of respondents said they have experienced tooth decay or cavities and 29% of those people confessed they have six or more fillings. I'm yet to have any fillings, I hate the dentist to be honest so I am going to try my best to avoid it.
Natty Burgess, a London Dental Practitioner comments:
“People think that missing one brush won’t be a problem, but over time a lack of good hygiene can cause a whole host of unwanted oral health conditions. Not brushing at least twice a day can cause the build-up of plaque and calculus (hardened plaque), as well as tooth decay which can lead to sensitivity and cavities that require fillings. In a 24 hour period, we are awake for around 17 hours, equivalent to 1,020 minutes. You only need to spend around four minutes brushing, and a couple of extra minutes per day flossing to avoid having problems.”
After completing the quiz, it was clear to me that the main problems for me are too much sugar (guilty) in different forms as well as sensitivity. The quiz suggested two products for me which were the Sensodyne Complete Protection along with Sensodyne Repair & Protect. I was kindly sent samples of these to get me started so fingers crossed they can reduce my sensitivity and prevent further damage. I'm using this as a good opportunity to get into a better routine!
We all need to look after our teeth and gums and love our mouth! There are lots of tips and advice for us and our children on the GSK website.
Thanks for reading,
Disclosure: I was sent samples for inclusion in this post.