Shocking newspaper statistics at the beginning of 2018 let us know that a perplexing 170 children a day had teeth extracted in 2017.
That was quite the health headline to begin the year with, and it has certainly stuck with us here at your Egham dentist.
We are sad to know that so many child tooth extractions occurred last year because we know that the majority of them are preventable. Most tooth extractions in children are a last resort, and this is a passionate subject for dentists because dentists are passionate about prevention! We do our job to help keep teeth healthy, and to help our patients avoid dental issues, particularly issues that lead to extraction.
It is incredibly concerning for dentists and parents across the country that children are having so many teeth extractions.
Why Are So Many Extractions Happening?
The studies and reports seem to suggest that the majority of extractions are caused by an 'addiction' to sugar. The sugar tax has come in because obesity is such a big problem here in the UK and there is no doubt that sugar is an issue for oral health as well. No matter how amazing a dental routine is, high sugar consumption will result in damage eventually. Although there are some extractions that won't be because of a poor diet, it does seem that unhealthy diets could be a real problem for the oral health of children.
How Does Sugar Affect The Teeth?
Fizzy drinks have long been the enemy of teeth, but they are also a problem when it comes to obesity. High sugar drinks are bad news for health all round, and with obesity levels are rising, the government has decided to do something about it, i.e the sugar tax. Jamie Oliver started it all with a campaign a few years ago, and the government has taken the idea on and decided to implement it.
Here at your Egham dentist we don't know if it will help decrease tooth decay and obesity levels or not, but we certainly hope it does. In the meantime, it is a good idea to know all about it so you can understand exactly how it affects you.
What Is The Sugar Tax?
The sugar tax was announced in the budget last year by Philip Hammond giving companies a year to change recipes or prepare their finances ready for the change. The idea behind it is that companies either reduce sugar in their drinks to make them less unhealthy, or they have to charge customers more money, affecting their sales because hopefully customers will be less likely to buy the products due to cost. There are two grades of taxation depending on how much sugar is in the drink. The first level of tax applies to drinks with over 5 grams of sugar per 100ml, the second level of tax applies to drinks with over 8 grams of sugar per 100ml. The second level of tax is higher than the first.
Where Will The Money Made From The Sugar Tax Go?
There is a lot in the news about plastic at the moment.
That footage of the man diving through the plastic filled sea in Bali made most of us feel a little bit sick in the pit of our stomachs, because you don't realise how much of a problem there is when it isn't in front of you. Most of us put our rubbish in the bin without thinking about where it ends up.
We're all busy getting on with our lives and, it just isn't something you think about when it doesn't directly affect you. However, the evidence is clear that is does effect all of us. The problem of plastic is not going away and, what better event to think about it and how we can make better choices, than with International Mother Earth Day on the 22nd of April.
Here at your local Egham dentist we thought International Mother Earth Day was a great opportunity to talk about toothbrush pollution, and potential alternatives.
Billions of toothbrushes are discarded into landfills annually across the world. They are made up of plastic, rubber, nylon and paper/plastic packing. Unfortunately all of these materials are pollutants and will not degrade, so are always destined for landfill. Many will end up in the sea, and on the beach, hurting the animals and adding to that shocking plastic scenery on the Bali diving video we mentioned above.
Here at your Egham dentist we recommend switching your toothbrush whenever the bristles start to look worn, or every few months (whichever comes first). Just think about how many toothbrushes your family send off to landfill based on that advice? Obviously you need a toothbrush that often, but maybe there are alternatives that can be good for your oral health and the planet?
Here at your Egham dentist we can't endorse any particular toothbrush type, however, it is interesting to consider the alternatives to plastic toothbrushes, which may be much more common in the future.
Your Oral Health Spring Clean With Crown House Dental in Egham
During this wonderful transitional season of spring, there are ample opportunities to flush out the cobwebs from all different areas of life. Sure, the big house spring clean is important to get rid of those dingy, dusty winter feels and replace them with fresh, bright spring decor and cleanliness.
But, you can apply that 'freshening up' attitude to any area of your life you want, or need to, including your oral health. You can and should freshen up your oral health because your smile is permanent and with you all the time, unlike your decor which is easily replaced. Check out these easy tips to make your smile gleam with an oral health spring clean:
Get Your Smile Checked Out
Your oral health checkups at your Egham dentist are so important. They check your tongue, soft tissues, teeth, gums and throat to check everything is as it should be. Any problem from enamel damage, decay or gum disease all the way to very serious issues like cancer are all more likely to be successfully treated with early diagnosis, so please get your appointment booked in!
Beat Those Bad Habits
You may not have stuck to ditching bad habits in January, but there is always a new opportunity to try and beat them again. Smoking, excessive drinking and eating the wrong things all have an impact on your oral health and overall health. Use this seasonal fresh start to re inspire you to be who you want to be this year.