Free Adolescent Dental Treatment
IT'S FREE & IT'S ALL GOOD For Year 9 to 18 year olds.
What do you put into your mouth?
Sugar is really bad for your teeth, so be aware of food and drinks that have a lot of sugar in them. Of course we can’t be totally sugar-free but see below and estimate how much sugar is in some common drinks.
Drinks and Sugar Content
A 600ml bottle of Soft Drink has 16-20 teaspoons of sugar!
A 600ml Sports Drink has 10.
A 400ml Juice (No Sugar added) has 10.
250ml Energy drinks have 7.
A 200ml Glass of a powdered drink has 6.
And even a 250ml glass of flavoured milk has 6 teaspoons of sugar!
So what is best?
Well it’s best to drink plain water or milk. If you’re drinking juices water them down (half glass of water to half glass of juice). Limit sugary foods and drinks to meal times will help.
Avoid sugary snacks. If you need to eat between meals try these foods instead: Plain popcorn, nuts, cheese breadsticks, plain yoghurt, rice cakes, cheese scones, unsweetened cereal, crumpets, plain bagels, fresh soup, raw vegetable pieces, fresh fruit.
Chewing sugar-free gum after eating helps make more saliva and neutralises the acids which form in your mouth after eating.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day
once in the morning after breakfast once at night before you go to bed.
Brush for two minutes each time to do a good job
If you haven’t brushed for a long time your gums may bleed, just be careful.
Use a soft toothbrush and it should be replaced about every three months. Worn out or shaggy toothbrushes don’t clean your teeth properly and can hurt your gums.
Toothpaste: It is really important to use a toothpaste with fluoride in it as fluoride helps to protect your teeth.
It is a good idea to floss once a day.
Flossing helps to remove plaque and food that builds up between your teeth (in the gaps) and under the gum line that can’t be removed by a toothbrush.
On arrival at the Dental Practice
When you go to the dentist you should see the receptionist so that they know you have arrived for your appointment.
When you are waiting you will hear and smell different things. The different sounds come from the different instruments being used. Dental practices have a particular smell to them this comes from all the cleaning products we use. We have to use a lot to make sure things are super clean - this is a good thing!
Seeing the Dentist
When the dentist is ready he or his assistant will call you in and get you to sit in the dental chair. The dentist will have a look in your mouth. This is to see what condition your teeth and gums are in. Sometimes the dentist will take x-rays. These are pictures of your teeth. These show the dentist if there is any decay or holes in your teeth that can’t be seen by looking in your mouth. If the dentist finds any holes or other problems with your teeth he may ask you to make another appointment so that he can fix your teeth. If it is just a small job he may do it straight away.
Monday to Friday
(except 4.00pm finish Fridays)
So we can best treat you we prefer you to arrive a few minutes early to your appointment to complete any paperwork and allow time for vehicle parking.
If you cannot attend an appointment we need to be advised as soon as possible. (at least 24 hrs notice)
OUR FAILURE TO ATTEND POLICY
Don’t forget your appointment!
Two failed appointments equals no more appointments.
Please advise us if you are taking any medication or have any allergies.
What treatment isn’t covered under the Adolescent Oral Health Services?
Special services, Cosmetic dentistry and Orthodontic (braces) treatment
We make properly fitted mouthguards
Come & see us for a properly fitted mouthguard to protect that smile :)