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Oral health and orthodontics

British adults regularly miss brushing their teeth in the morning and 25% skip brushing at night. These are shocking figures and it is surprising to see that people can so easily neglect the health of their teeth.

There have also been numerous stories in the press about poor oral health. One particular story was about a large scale study by Queen’s University Belfast that found that poor oral health was linked to a staggering 75% increase in liver cancer risk. All the more reason to make sure that oral health should be high up on the list of people’s priorities.

With the use of orthodontic appliances, it is even more essential to educate and instruct your patients about diet, looking after teeth and the prevention of oral complications as a result of poor oral hygiene. Teens are notorious for being slightly laid back with brushing and flossing. It has been reported that excessive computer use has been linked to poor oral health in teenagers (page 11). As a mother of two teenagers who have both had fixed braces, it’s fair to say oral health is not high up on their agendas! Teenagers today spend many hours online, so possibly a reminder on social media or on their online calendars may be the way to go...

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