An attractive and healthy smile is important when meeting people and making friends. And it can boost your confidence to 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:
Dental erosion is the 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.DRINK UPAcidic 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 at mealtimes. If you want to drink fruit juices between meals, try diluting them with water. SNACK ATTACKSAvoid sugary snacks. If you need to eat between meals try these foods instead:-plain popcorn-nuts-cheese -breadsticks-plain yoghurt-rice cakes-cheese scones-unsweetened cereal-crumpets-plain bagels-fresh soup-raw vegetable pieces-fresh fruit
Smoking can cause tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and - more seriously - mouth cancer. Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath.Alcoholic drinks can also cause mouth cancer. Smoking and drinking together increases the risk of developing it even more. Alcohol can also increase the risk of tooth decay and erosion. Some alcoholic drinks have a lot of sugar in them, and some mixed drinks may contain acids. So they can cause decay or dental erosion if you drink them often and in large amounts. Illegal drugs can lead to a range of health problems. Smoking cannabis can have the same effects as smoking tobacco. Other drugs can cause a dry mouth, and increase the risk of erosion, decay, gum disease and bad breath. Drugs can also cause you to grind your teeth, which can cause headaches and other problems.
Braces straighten or move your teeth to improve their appearance and the way they work. They can also help to improve the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints by spreading the biting pressure over all the teeth.There are many different braces and your dentist or orthodontist will be able to talk to you about what is best for you.
A mouthguard will help protect you against broken and damaged teeth and even broken or dislocated jaws. It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play any sport that involves contact or moving objects.Ask your dentist about a mouthguard. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind.