We are all aware that smoking is bad for our health, causing a vast variety of medical conditions. Many of us do not realise the damage that smoking causes to our mouths:
Tooth alignment can be improved at any age, as long as your gums and bone structure are healthy. Straight teeth can dramatically make a difference to one’s appearance but also improve oral health as straight teeth are easier to keep clean. Overly crowded teeth can get worse over time, and result in severely crooked teeth. Crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and increased chance of gum disease. We are also seeing more patients having difficulty with their “bite” or occlusion.
Pregnancy is such an exciting and busy time but what with morning sickness, antenatal classes, baby showers and numerous shopping trips your dental health could well be the last thing on your mind. However, it is even more important to look after your dental health during pregnancy. Changes in hormone levels mean that some dental health conditions specifically affect pregnant women. These are generally nothing to worry about but mean it is crucial to take extra care of your teeth and visit your dentist regularly.
Dental care is essential whilst wearing braces is well worth the effort once the braces come off. This should include:
RINSING THE MOUTH
Braces can cause food particles to get stuck in your teeth, wires and brackets. Rinsing after each meal will loosen food particles that might get stuck in the teeth and braces. A fluoride rinse before bed would be best after brushing.