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Oral Health Awareness

do you have a healthy smile what if your smile looked like this don't think this could ever happen to you well think again because millions of us are risking the health of our teeth by failing to give them the care and attention they deserve problems with your teeth can affect you at any age babies should be taken to the dentist before their first birthday to make sure that any potential problems are spotted early and prevented little Yasmin here can't brush her own teeth so her parents must help her out until she's about 7 years old remember to spit out the toothpaste but don't rinse afterwards rinsing gets rid of all that good fluoride which helps protect tooth enamel Bethany has black spots on her teeth at school this is affecting a confidence but this doesn't have to be the case a dentist can identify tooth decay and other problems with the development of teeth as well as providing solutions to fix them Bethany can go on to have a smile to be proud of cam has never needed any major dental treatment before however his teeth are not as good as they could be his gums bleed when he brushes and some of his teeth are starting to feel loose this is affecting how eats his food cam goes to see his dentist who shows him how to brush and floss effectively to help prevent plaque and keep his gums healthy now cam is free to enjoy food without worrying Margaret is missing some teeth and this is causing problems with both her speech and her ability to eat a well-balanced nutritious diet Margaret's dentist can make her a set of dentures to replace the teeth she's lost she isn't alone in the UK nearly one in five adults require the use of dentures as they reach old age there are fixed charges for NHS dental treatment if you are on certain benefits pregnant or up to 18 years of age 19 if you're in full-time education then NHS dental treatment is free when a dentist looks inside your mouth they're not only checking your teeth they are also looking for warning signs of gum disease mouth cancer and other medical problems such as diabetes eating excessive amounts of sugar not only damages your teeth it can be responsible for type 2 diabetes and is the leading cause of obesity eating sugar should be limited up to mealtimes only smokers and those that drink excessive amounts of alcohol or up to 30 times more likely to get mouth cancer than those that don't mouth cancer cases have increased steadily over the last decade early detection for mouth cancer results in a survival rate of 90% however delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 50% so seeing a dentist regularly is more important than you might think protecting your teeth and maintaining a healthy smile couldn't be simpler if you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss regularly watch the amount of sugar in your diet and visit your dentist regularly so that any problems can be identified and sorted quickly a healthy smile means a healthy life you

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