Oral Health for Teens
Why is a healthy smile important?
An attractive and healthy smile is important when meeting people and making friends. And it can boost your confidence and help you feel good about yourself.
If you don’t look after your teeth and gums properly you could suffer from a number of different conditions that will make you stand out from the crowd for all the wrong reasons:
- Bad breath
- Stained teeth
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Dental erosion
Why is a healthy diet important for my oral health?
Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque and produces harmful acids. Plaque is a build-up of bacteria which forms on your teeth.
It is better to have three or four meals a day rather than lots of snacks.
What is dental erosion?
Dental erosion is the gradual loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attacks. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth. If it is worn away, the dentine underneath is exposed and your teeth can look discoloured and become sensitive.
- Acidic foods and drinks and fizzy drinks cause dental erosion.
- Still water and milk are the best things to drink. Tea without sugar is also good for teeth as it contains fluoride.
- Drink fruit juice just at mealtimes. If you want to drink fruit juices between meals, try diluting them with water.
Avoid sugary snacks. If you need to eat between meals try these foods instead:
- Plain popcorn
- Plain yogurt
- Rice cakes
- Unsweetened cereal
- Plain bagels
- Fresh soup
- Raw vegetable pieces
- Fresh fruit
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