Teenagers

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. 

Good oral hygiene is essential. See here for our guidelines

 

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.

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