Tooth at the back of the mouth that is used for crushing and grinding. There are eight
deciduous molars and twelve permanent molars although the third molars (wisdom
teeth) often fail to erupt because of lack of space in the jaw (impacted).
A device worn over the front teeth to protect them from damage. Usually worn during
sporting activities. They are made from a flexible material designed to cover the upper
teeth and protect against the effects of a blow to the face. A properly designed mouth
guard will also minimise the damage to the soft tissues.
A fluid that seeks to reduce or eliminate damaging bacterial activity and help to interfere with plaque formation. There are different types including fluoride rinse to protect against tooth decay, general purpose daily rinse to supplement the tooth brushing routine and reduce bacterial activity, and specialist rinses for short term use to help control a chronic gum condition.
A painful area affecting the soft parts of the inside of the mouth: the cheeks, lips and
Seven million people in the UK get mouth ulcers each year - 16% of the whole
population. Despite being small, ulcers can be very painful and make eating, drinking,
talking and even kissing very painful.