These are the years of exploring new interests and tesing life’s boundaries. This is also the time when young adults can develop holes in their teeth. The changes and challenges that this age group face can affect their oral health and they can form habits that have long term effects.
What to do?
REMEMBER THE BASICS-
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (Tip: if possible it is very beneficial to leave the fluoride toothpaste in your mouth. So after brushing spit out but don’t rinse out).
- The most important time to brush is before bed as the flow of saliva is at it’s lowest during sleep.
- Always remember to use floss to remove plaque from between the teeth. The best time to floss is after brushing so that the fluoride toothpaste reaches the spaces between your teeth.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly (advised every 3-4 months).
- Don’t share toothbrushes or drink bottles. Remember that bacteria (causing tooth decay) can easily be spread from person to person through saliva.
Drink plenty of water before during and after and remember to only drink energy drinks in moderation, they are not designed to quench your thirst. If you are de-hydrated the sugars will quickly turn into acids that attack your teeth with little protection due to the decreased saliva flow.
They are a good idea when playing any kind of contact sport.
While you can get mouth guards from the pharmacy, we do recommend for the very best protection of your teeth to enquire today about having one custom made by your dentist.