A quick guide to a
healthy mouth
Eurico Martins
Portuguese
Married and dad of twin boys aged 3 ½
Dentist since 2006
Studying for a Masters degree at Edinbu...
Why is it important to have a
healthy mouth?
Feel comfortable and
without pain
Chew and speak properly
Smile confidently
T...
What are the most common
dental diseases?
Decay, cavities ( Caries )
Gum disease ( Gingivitis
and Periodontitis )
What is the cause?
Poor oral hygiene leads to
build up of bacterial
plaque
Bacteria uses what we eat
and produces sticky a...
There is one VERY BIG problem
which is not caused by bacterial
plaque.
Dental Erosion: tooth is being washed away by acid ...
Examples of acidic food
and drink
Fizzy drinks including diet version and energy drinks
Fruit juices including diluted squ...
What else is really bad for
your health?
Stained and yellow teeth
Bad breath
Less saliva
Gum disease
CANCER
How do we prevent
problems?
Brush thoroughly twice a day: last thing at night and on one
other occasion.
Use toothpaste wi...
Your mouth is
worth a fortune!
You WILL appreciate a
healthy mouth for the rest of
your life.
Thank you very much for listening
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A quick guide to a healthy mouth

  1. 1. A quick guide to a healthy mouth
  2. 2. Eurico Martins Portuguese Married and dad of twin boys aged 3 ½ Dentist since 2006 Studying for a Masters degree at Edinburgh University
  3. 3. Why is it important to have a healthy mouth? Feel comfortable and without pain Chew and speak properly Smile confidently To have a healthy body
  4. 4. What are the most common dental diseases? Decay, cavities ( Caries ) Gum disease ( Gingivitis and Periodontitis )
  5. 5. What is the cause? Poor oral hygiene leads to build up of bacterial plaque Bacteria uses what we eat and produces sticky acid which breaks down the tooth and harms the gums
  6. 6. There is one VERY BIG problem which is not caused by bacterial plaque. Dental Erosion: tooth is being washed away by acid -> will become smaller, brittle and sensitive Acid can come from the inside (reflux problems or eating disorder) or from the outside in what you eat and drink
  7. 7. Examples of acidic food and drink Fizzy drinks including diet version and energy drinks Fruit juices including diluted squash Vinegar, salad dressings, ketchup Sour and tangy sweets Yogurt, pickles, citrus fruits
  8. 8. What else is really bad for your health? Stained and yellow teeth Bad breath Less saliva Gum disease CANCER
  9. 9. How do we prevent problems? Brush thoroughly twice a day: last thing at night and on one other occasion. Use toothpaste with fluoride (at least 1350 ppm). Spit out after brushing but do not rinse with water. Have less amount and less times sugary food and drink. Preferably only at mealtimes and no more than 4 times per day.
  10. 10. Your mouth is worth a fortune! You WILL appreciate a healthy mouth for the rest of your life.
  11. 11. Thank you very much for listening

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