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    Dental Health

    What you need to know

    Bad dental health can lead to stains, bad breath, tooth decay/loss, gum disease and many other problems. These can be caused by incorrect brushing techniques, eating and drinking lots of sugary food/drinks and smoking. Young adults often need braces to straighten their teeth or wisdom teeth removing due to space in their mouth. Your dentist can help you with any questions you have about dental health but most problems can be avoided by proper care of your teeth as a child and young adult.

    Top Tips

    1. Brush at least twice daily, last thing at night and at least on one other occasion with a fluoridated toothpaste
    2. Brush for around 2 minutes. Try using a timer on your phone or brush to your favourite song
    3. Electric toothbrushes often help achieve cleaner teeth
    4. Spit out after brushing and do not rinse to maintain fluoride concentration levels
    5. Visit your dentist every 6-12 months (if you wear braces you will visit the orthodontist as well)
    6. Avoid too much sugary food and drink
    7. Protect your teeth when playing contact sport (use a mouth guard)
    8. Wear your retainer if you had braces to correct your teeth. This will keep your teeth straight and help avoid future problems.
    9. Tell your dentist if you are having pain with new wisdom teeth. They may need removing if you don't have enough space in your mouth or if they come through at the wrong angle.
    10. Whitening toothpaste can help improve the appearance of stains

    Further info

    More information on dental health can be found on NHS Choices. You can also find your nearest dental practice using their search feature.

    Click here to visit the NHS Choices website