An attractive smile is important when meeting people and making friends. It can boost your confidence greatly. However, if you don't look after your teeth and gums, you may suffer from:
Every time you eat or drink something sugary, your teeth are subjected to an acid attack for up to one hour. The sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque (build-up of bacteria which forms on teeth) producing harmful acids. These acids cause holes in your teeth, known as tooth decay.
Frequent snacking is a major contributory factor in tooth decay.
As part of your dental examination, we will advise you if we feel you may benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Sugar-free chewing gum
Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugar-free chewing gum for approximately twenty minutes after meals can help in the prevention of tooth decay. Chewing sugar-free gum increases salivary flow which helps to wash away food and other debris, it neutralises the acids produced in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth.
Saliva also carries calcium and phosphate and these minerals help to strengthen tooth enamel. Although helpful, chewing gum is certainly not a substitute for correct brushing and flossing.
Sport and Teeth Protection
When playing contact sports, it is important to protect your valuable teeth by wearing gum shields at all time. Custom-made gum shields are best as they are more comfortable to wear and provide better protection as they are made to fit your teeth and mouth.