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Meet Jay, a man who hasn’t brushed his teeth for 20 years

Jay’s case is a good insight into what we do in more advanced dentistry at the practice.  It also features James, who Chris knows well through the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the advanced Implant diploma with the Royal College of Surgeons.

Jay, aged 21, was featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies. You might have seen him, a patient who hadn’t brushed his teeth for 20 years – essentially his whole life.  As a child, Jay hadn’t been pressured to take care of his teeth, and this led to him developing a fear of the dentist, making the problem worse. 

He admitted in the clip, “Over the years, I’ve eaten the wrong foods, I’ve drunk lots of fizzy drinks, and I haven’t really brushed them, I haven’t flossed.”

What happens when you don’t brush your teeth?

In Jay’s case, the result was 20-years’ worth of plaque and tartar build-up which had significantly decayed his teeth.

But in a bid to save Jay’s smile, the programme’s dentist Dr James Russell, was able to give his teeth a professional clean to get a clearer picture of the extent of the damage. Somewhat surprisingly, he found that Jay’s roots and bone were still in good condition. That meant he’d be eligible for life-changing dental implants to give him back a beautiful set of teeth.

But there was a catch. Jay would only get to benefit from dental implants once he cleaned up his diet.

Speaking to the patient, Dr Russell said, “It’s sort of, change your lifestyle time,” adding with more bluntness, “Cut down on the fizzy drinks, or just stop. Cut down on the sweets, start brushing your teeth, start trying to floss – especially once we’ve got things cleaned.”

The result? When Jay promised to change his habits, 11 of his teeth were removed and replaced with natural-looking implants. You can see the transformation of Jay’s teeth before and after implants for yourself in the video below:

Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants are fixed into the jawbone using titanium screws and with proper care can last for many years.

For patients as young as Jay, they’re an excellent choice because they’re sturdier and more comfortable than dentures, helping those who have suffered significant decay or several extractions feel more confident when they smile.

How often do you brush?

While Jay’s story may surprise some, 1 in 10 of us admits to regularly forgetting to brush our teeth, and 1 in 4 to only brushing once a day!

What’s worse – you’re 33% more likely to develop tooth decay if you only brush once a day. Good oral hygiene is just as important as a healthy diet when it comes to tooth preservation.

If you’ve got gaps in your teeth that you’d like to see filled with dental implants, or fear of the dentist has made you neglect your dental care – don’t worry! We are a friendly and modern practice where we aim to restore your confidence as well as your dental hygiene.

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