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18 to 25 years

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Most Common Diseases & Conditions:


Tooth decay (dental caries)

Bleeding gums (gingivitis)

bleeding gums

Tooth wear (erosion, attrition, abrasion)

Oral cancer

mouth cancer

Major Risk Factors Which Contribute to Problems:


  • Diet – sugar containing food and drinks
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Little or no fluoride around teeth
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Polypharmacy (taking a number of medications)
  • Tooth loss
  • Dentures

Everyone in this Age Group Should Aim for:


  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Practice good oral hygiene (Floss/clean between and brush daily)
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Spit out after brushing but don’t rinse
  • Avoid/stop tobacco and nicotine products
  • Avoid/minimise alcohol
  • Regular dental care

Source: Delivering Better Oral Health PHE 2021

Other Diseases and ConditionsPossible Risk Factors Which ContributeAction to Help Prevent/Manage
Trauma
teeth trauma
– Contact sports
– Risk taking activities e.g. alcohol
– Wear a mouth guard
– Use alcohol in moderation
Bad Breath
bad breath
– Gastric reflux
– Poor oral hygiene
– Tobacco or vape use
– Alcohol
– Dehydration
– Practice good oral hygiene
– Speak to Dr about cause
– Identify cause and manage symptoms
– Don’t start/quit
– Drink in moderation
– Drink more water
Ulcers
ulcers
– Stress
– Poor diet
– Eat a healthy diet
– Manage stress/seek advice
Sensitivity
sensitivity
– Acid erosion
– Dental disease/failing dental care/tooth whitening
– Gum recession
– Identify cause
– Visit your dental team
– Use sensitive toothpaste
– Keep acidic food/drinks to mealtimes
Unerupted/part erupted wisdom teeth
unerupted tooth
– Crowded teeth– Visit your dental team for assessment
– Modify oral hygiene to keep partly erupted teeth clean
This table is for guidance only. Please contact your dental team or Growing Smiles for more information.

  • Inside the mouth – Teeth  -Wisdom teeth.  Tooth Decay, Fillings & more. Tooth wear. Gum health. Ulcers and soft tissue health. HPV and Mouth Cancer. Sensitivity. Appearance – Colour & Shape. Trauma – Prevention and Repair/Replacement
  • Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing  – General and Oral Health. Medicines and Supplements. Lifestyle & Oral health. Exercise & fitness Smoking, Alcohol & other Drugs.  Stress & Mental health.
  • Oral Hygiene – Toothbrushing. Interdental cleaning & other oral care products. Mouth rinsing. Dental appliance care.
  • Diet and Nutrition  – Eating well for mouth and body. Mealtimes, Snacks and Drinks. Diet, weight and supplements
  • Professional dental care – General Dental Care – Monitoring & Maintenance. Access, Frequency and Cost.  Professional Dental Hygiene. Cosmetic Dentistry -Bleaching, Braces etc

Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing

High performance and elite athletes can overlook their oral health. Whether you are serious sports person or serious about fitness you will learn something about the importance of oral care by listening to this podcast where British Olympic and European champion rower Lucy Glover talks with Ian Needleman, professor of periodontology at UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London, about oral health and sports performance, the high levels of tooth decay and gum problems among elite athletes, its potential impact on performance, and what positive things athletes can do to improve their oral health.

  • General & Oral Health Awareness
  • HPV and mouth cancer
  • Gum health
  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth wear  – Acid erosion & Tooth Grinding
  • Medicines and supplements
  • Exercise and fitness.
  • Drugs, Tobacco & Alcohol
  • Trauma – Prevention and Repair/Replacement
  • Mental Health

Oral Hygiene – Toothbrushing. Interdental cleaning & other oral care products. Mouth rinsing. Dental appliance care.

  • Toothbrushing, Interdental cleaning & other oral care products
  • Retainer and other dental appliance care

Diet and Nutrition  – Eating well for mouth and body. Mealtimes, Snacks and Drinks.

Professional dental care – General dental care, Professional mechanical plaque removal (Dental hygiene therapy), Specialist care e.g. Orthodontics

Dental Visits

  • General Dental Care – Monitoring & Maintenance.
  • Access, Frequency and Cost
  • Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal  – Dental Hygiene Visits
  • Cosmetic Dentistry – Tooth Bleaching, Orthodontics etc
Living Life To The Full

Worried about going to the dentist? We recommend visiting LLTTF which has advise and tips to make visiting the dentist a better experience.

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