Care for your mouth

Your smile is the first thing that people will notice about you. No matter how you feel about your mouth or teeth, a smile can make everything better. Smiling releases endorphins and makes us feel good, the recipient of a smile will also feel good. Smiling increases the happiness factor. It may not be perfect, but it is worth cherishing .

Babies are born with all their teeth in the form of “buds” that are hidden away in the bones of the jaw until they erupt into the mouth. Primary (baby) teeth generally look quite white and pearly because they are mainly made up of enamel. The Secondary (permanent) teeth look darker and more yellow because of the dentine below the enamel. The care that you take of the primary teeth can affect the secondary teeth, so a good diet and oral hygiene routine early in life sets up great habits that can last a lifetime.

Primarily the amount of sugar you consume from an early age can determine the health of the teeth for life as well as impacting upon your general health. White sugar in lollies, juice, cordials and fizzy drinks are the most damaging to the teeth. By allowing children frequent sugary drinks and snacks, you can not only cause a kind of addiction to sugar the might lead to serious health issues later in life, but also inflict pain and the unsightliness of rotten teeth.

This early frequent exposure to sugar also increases the adult desire to eat sugary foods and drinks which increase the acidity in the mouth and cause decay. The bacteria that live in the mouth love sugar and go into a feeding frenzy to produce acidic plaque on the tooth surface. As adults this plaque can then also cause gum disease by way of irritating the gums and causing inflammation (gingivitis) which if left unchecked can lead to tooth loss through a process of advanced gum disease (periodontitis.)

By avoiding sugar, and sugary acidic drinks most of the time, you not only can help to prevent decay and gum disease, you can also decrease the risk of obesity and type-2 diabetes .