It is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy.



Dental problems are problems with your teeth and gums. This can cause you pain and make it hard to eat.



Plaque is a substance which forms on your teeth.


When you eat or drink sugary things, the plaque on your teeth produces acid. This acid attacks your teeth.

It can cause:

  • Tooth decay – when your teeth go bad.
  • Dental caries – holes in the teeth.
  • Gum disease – when the gums become swollen, sore or infected.
  • Dental abscesses – collections of pus on your teeth or gums.


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