A bright smile, fresh breath - that's what a healthy mouth
means. It also means you can speak and laugh with confidence.
Things you need to know about your dental health:
You have not outgrown tooth decay. In fact, decay may be
more of a problem for you during the teen years.
Gum disease (gingivitis) is a risk to your dental health. It is also
a threat to your appearance. Gum disease causes red and
swollen gums, bleeding gums and bad breath.
You will have all your permanent teeth with the possible
exception of your wisdom teeth (third molars). During these
growing years, your face and jaws will undergo many changes.
You can be healthy and attractive through these changes by
taking good care of your teeth and visiting with Dr. Shah at our
How can you keep a healthy smile?
It is up to you! What you do and do not do is important. Here is a checklist for a healthy smile:
Eat intelligently! Life is going to be hectic now. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables instead of junk
foods even when you eat on the run.
Snack smart. Be careful of snack foods containing sugar; they can cause damage to the teeth and
Practice good prevention. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush effectively using a fluoridated
toothpaste. Floss to prevent gum disease and tooth decay on the sides of the teeth.
Keep up your dental checkups. Tooth cleaning, fluoride treatments and sealants are important
preventive services for you.
Do not smoke or chew tobacco! The warnings you hear and read are true. Besides lung and heart
problems, tobacco can cause oral cancer. Of all cancers, 2.4 percent occur in the mouth, and tobacco is
estimated to account for over 90 percent of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx* If you are using
tobacco and notice any changes in your mouth contact your doctor immediately!
Buckle up in the car. A seat belt and shoulder harness can keep your face from striking the steering
wheel, dashboard or windshields during minor accidents.
Purvi V. Shah
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
5280 Top Dentist 2009 ~ 2018
© 2008 pediatric denticare, p.c.
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