In life, it’s always best to follow an agenda and lay down a set of plans to ensure that you have given yourself the best chance of avoiding catastrophe in the future. The same analogy can be drawn when caring for your teeth and gums, for one of the greatest dangers that can threaten the health of your teeth and your body in the city of Leeds is gum disease; scarily, it affects three quarters of us at some point in our lives. Yet, it seems ridiculous to think it is so easy to prevent; watching what we eat and then making sure we clean our teeth afterwards should be ample enough to stop it from happening. What you are trying to do with oral hygiene is avoid any films of bacteria resting on the surface of the teeth and developing into plaque and tartar- the causes of gum disease. Attention to the way you brush and floss, and how often you do it, is vital in the fight against gum disease and you’d be wise to do your homework on some herbal back-ups too, for if you find your gums are suffering from bleeding and swelling, these can be a great source of comfort in fighting the problem. Then there’s the best back-up you could hope for- your dentist, and if you pay them a visit regularly, as you should, they will be able to give you the ‘once over’ and remove up any tartar from around the teeth and help you if there are any signs of gum disease.