Archive for April, 2013

Tackling Tooth Decay In Children

26th April, 2013

Tooth decay is becoming a major problem in children, with sweet things so easy to buy, as your children are growing you are always going to have care for their health,

What you need to take extra care of is their teeth, as these over the years will always be changing, and you need to protect your child from the damage such as the start of dental decay.

As your childrens teeth grow you are responsible  for keeping their teeth clean until you teach them all they need to know to keep their teeth sparkling. Of course on top of maintaining a great oral hygiene routine at home it is very important they visit the dentist whenever needed and at regular intervals over the year.

Where possible you will need to be aware of the danger of school! It is worth taking time to ensure a healthy packed lunch and if sugary snacks are consumed it is at mealtimes and not throughout the day.

If you do have any worries regarding the start of decay it is worth looking into dental sealants. This is a small film of plastic that is melted onto the surfaces of the teeth and prevents any acids and bacteria from eating away at the enamel of the teeth. They are strong, fitted in a matter of minutes and can last from 5-10 years!
If you have any concerns about the dangers of sweet foods or would like any more information about oral hygiene please contact Ninety 2 Dental on 0208 337 1168 where Dr Carr or one of our team will be happy to advise you further

Looking After Your Childrens Oral Health

24th April, 2013

During a child’s early years, a lot of activity happens in the mouth as they starts to grow teeth. A child has two sets of teeth: the first set is most commonly called milk teeth or deciduous teeth, and the second set which will stay on the person for the whole lifetime are the permanent teeth. The set of milk  are replaced by the permanent teeth around the child’s sixth year until the twelfth, give or take a couple of years. In Sutton, there should be numerous dental clinics to aid you in your child’s dental care but here are a few basic guidelines.

Dos and Don’ts for Early Childhood Dental Care

Here are some helpful facts about milk teeth and dental care for your children that most dentists would give:

oGive your child a small soft childrens toothbrush to practice brush there gums with, this gets them used to having something in there mouths and also it good for there gums to be brushed. They must always supervised whilst they have the brush.

o Start brushing your child’s teeth once they start coming out at 6 months. Milk teeth usually come out in pairs and all twenty of them will most probably be through by your child’s thirtieth month. Once the first tooth has come through, you can start brushing to prevent decay.

o Do not deliberately pull out a deciduous tooth. Milk teeth should always be allowed to fall on their own as their opening is where the permanent teeth will also come out. Pulling out a deciduous tooth too early may cause that opening to close, creating some problems for the following permanent tooth to come out. If early removal is necessary, a space-maintainer must be constructed and worn by the child.
o Always remember that milk teeth are smaller in size and are usually more susceptible to decay. Proper care and oral hygiene must be observed at all times. You should be able to easily locate good resources in Sutton for your oral hygiene needs.
o Bring your child to the dentist for regular checkups. This is very important if you want to make sure your child’s teeth and oral condition is healthy from the start. There should be no problem in finding the most suitable dentist around Sutton for your child and your whole family.

Be Aware Of Dental Decay In Children

Recent statistics have shown that shockingly more than one million British children under five have at least two fillings in a study based on children between the ages of two and twelve, 17% of parents admitted that their child has at least three filling, 13% said they have at least one filling, and a staggering 47% of children under twelve have some level of dental decay

The study also showed that 2% of the parents asked said that their children never bothered to brush their teeth, and 12% are aware of the fact that their youngsters lie about brushing their teeth regularly. The research was carried out by toothpaste company Aquafresh

A further 5% of mothers admitted that they were embarrassed to take their child to the dentist after a long period of time because they feel they will be judged and it also revealed that 6% of children have never been to see the dentist!

Dental decay is one of the most preventable diseases in the UK. Dental decay can lead to complications such as tooth loss so it’s vital kids learn to brush properly to prevent later issues with their adult teeth