Childrens Oral Health

Caring For Baby Teeth

10th May, 2019

When looking after baby teeth in Sutton the best thing you can do is start brushing early.

“Research has shown that children whose teeth are brushed before they are one year old are less likely to have decay later,” says Dr Uchenna Okoye, Clinical Director, London Smiling.

“It is best to clean your baby’s first teeth by wrapping a clean flannel around your finger, or buying finger brushes and rubbing the teeth and gums gently, to rub away plaque”.

Below are some tips for caring for your childrens baby teeth.

  • Assist. Dentists have found that most children can’t clean their teeth adequately until they can write, so it’s best if you clean their teeth. Sit them on your lap and get them to open wide and tip their head back while you clean their teeth.
  • Toothpaste. Don’t use adult toothpaste before the age of six, because it contains too much fluoride and so increases the risk of mottled teeth.
  • Regular cleaning. Brush teeth twice a day, in the morning and before bed.

Creating Healthy Smiles In Sutton

15th January, 2019

Taking care of your general health as well as your teeth is the key to great oral hygiene.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing them daily and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help keep your teeth healthy. But diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health.

A healthy diet

What you eat and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth. A healthy diet contains foods from different groups, including fruit and vegetables, starchy foods (rice, pasta, bread and potatoes), some protein-rich food (such as fish, meat, eggs and lentils) and some dairy foods.

Sugar

Limiting the amount of sugar you eat and drink is important to prevent tooth decay. Have sugary food and drink only at mealtimes and don’t eat sugary snacks between meals.

Most of the sugars we eat and drink are contained in processed and ready-made food and drinks. These include:

  • sweets, chocolate, cakes and biscuits
  • buns, pastries and fruit pies
  • sponge puddings and other puddings
  • table sugar added to food or drinks, such as tea
  • sugary breakfast cereals
  • jams, marmalades and honey
  • ice cream
  • dried fruit or fruit in syrup
  • syrups and sweet sauces
  • sugary drinks, including soft drinks, fizzy drinks, milk drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • fruit juice

A glass of fruit juice counts towards your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but it also contains sugar. When you have sugary food or drink with a meal, it can be less damaging to your teeth than if you eat or drink it on its own. Try to drink fruit juice only at mealtimes.

Smokers’ teeth

Smoking can prevent you from having gleaming, healthy teeth. Smoking turns your teeth yellow, causes bad breath and increases your risk of gum disease, breathing problems and lung cancer. If you smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day, you’re six times more likely to develop mouth cancer than someone who doesn’t smoke. So giving up smoking is important if you want to look and feel better.

Alcohol and tooth decay

Excessive consumption of alcohol has been linked to an increased risk of developing mouth cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, 75-80% of mouth cancer patients say they frequently drink alcohol.

Alcohol can also erode the enamel on the outside of your teeth, leading to decay. If this happens, you may need to go to the dentist for a filling.

A whiter smile

If you want to keep your teeth as white as possible, try cutting out substances that can stain them. Wine, cigarette smoke, tea and coffee can all discolour teeth. Keep these to a minimum or cut them out completely to stop your teeth from becoming stained.

When To Brush Your Teeth In The Morning

15th June, 2018

This is one of the basic and most controversial topic among people, among dentists and among those who study dentistry. When do people brush their teeth in the morning? Before or after breakfast?

My take on this –
I always suggest to brush your teeth as soon as you wake up, before breakfast. Its of no use if you are brushing your teeth after you finish your breakfast.

Here are the reasons why –

  1. Your saliva production is the least when you sleep, and thats when the bacterial colonies start forming.
  2. During the day time, your mouth is usually active and a rinse after breakfast is enough, as saliva too is produced for care of the teeth.
  3. If you don’t brush your teeth just after waking up, and have your breakfast, the bacteria present on the teeth gets more carbohydrates to breakdown, and causes more attack on the oral tissues instead.

A very important point to be noted and remembered by everyone –
Acidic foods and drinks, such as oranges, grapefruit and fruit juices that are often eaten at breakfast time, soften the enamel on your teeth.

Brushing immediately afterward wears the enamel away, and can cause dental erosion, which may lead to pain and extreme sensitivity in the teeth, and also lead to cosmetic problems.

It still depends on how you look on it, and how you try to maintain good oral hygiene. Some people suggest and practice brushing before and after the breakfast which again isn’t always beneficial. Its good when you have a mild non-acidic food.