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Looking After Your Teeth

Teeth are really important. They help you to chew food properly and they also help you to speak clearly. Some people don’t know just how vital it is that you have healthy teeth, so they tend not to take care of them very well. If you don’t look after your teeth lots of things can happen, for example you could get a cavity or if you don’t look after your gums you could develop gum disease.

Cavities form when bacteria in your mouth covert the sugars in the food you eat into acid which breaks down tooth enamel, which is the hard coating that protects your teeth. When the enamel becomes very worn away, cavities (small holes in your teeth) form which can make eating painful. If you go to the dentist with a cavity, they will usually give you a filling. When the dentist gives you a filling, they fill up the hole in your teeth with a small amount of a material which consists of a variety of metals.

If you don’t want to end up having to go to the dentist for a filling, there are a number of things you can do to make sure your teeth are properly looked after:

  • Clean your teeth twice a day – You should clean your teeth for approximately two minutes,once in the morning and once in the evening.
  • Floss – Flossing is incredibly important as it removes small amounts of plaque from in between your teeth which your toothbrush cannot remove
  • Use mouthwash – Similar to floss, mouthwash can remove some of the plaque that you can’t reach when you brush your teeth
  • Be careful when you have treats – We all like to treat ourselves to a piece of cake or some sweets every so often, but you should be careful that you don’t eat sugary foods too often because the bacteria in your mouth will have lots of fun breaking the sugars down into the acid which breaks down enamel.

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Posted on 8 July 2015

Posted in Advice for young people / Foster Caring

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