Regularly, the newspaper headlines mention child tooth decay and how younger and younger children are needing fillings.
These headlines are scary for all of us, but luckily, there is so much we can do so our own children are not part of this trend.
Your local dentist in Egham wants to help you ensure your children have great oral health with these useful tips:
Bring Your Child To The Dentist Before They Even Have Teeth
You can start wiping your child's gums with a clean, warm cloth when they are a baby to get them used to you touching their mouth and to help keep the area clean. You can also bring them to the dentist with you to help them get comfortable with the environment. As soon as they have their first tooth, it is time for their very first dental appointment where your Egham dentist will be happy to greet them and give them their very first checkup!
Oral Care At Home Once Your Child Is Teething
Once your baby is teething, you can brush their teeth with an infant-friendly toothbrush. If you want advice on this, please speak to your Egham dentist and hygienist. You will want to minimise the amount of toothpaste being swallowed by your child and at age 2 your child should learn how to spit out toothpaste during brushing. Up to the age of 8 you will supervise your child's brushing to help them if needed and to ensure they are brushing properly. From the very beginning of teaching them oral care you should try to get them into the morning and evening brushing for two minutes routine so they get used to it as soon as possible.
Helping Your Child Avoid Tooth Decay
For children, the loss of their first tooth is huge news. It is a really big deal and the same goes for each tooth afterwards, until all the baby teeth are gone. For most children, it is exciting for two reasons.
One reason is the fact that it means you are 'growing up' and are a 'big boy or girl now'. The second reason though, is much more exciting, and that is the fact that a lost tooth means that the tooth fairy is going to be paying you a visit!
Every family has different traditions, but mostly the tooth fairy means a small amount of money, treats or another gift that the child has been asking for. They go to sleep with their tooth under the pillow in a special box or pouch and in the morning the tooth is gone and in its place is the gift from the tooth fairy in the morning. It is magical just like Christmas or Easter, and it is also an excellent way to promote tooth care to your children. Here are some tips on keeping your child engaged with oral health using the tooth fairy character to help!
Start Telling Them The Story When They Are Very Young
Before your child loses any teeth they should be excited about the tooth fairy. They should also know that the tooth fairy really cares about tooth health and if you don't look after your adult teeth underneath, or your baby teeth, the tooth fairy might not come. You can package this in a way that suggests that the baby teeth need to be clean, healthy and nice so the tooth fairy wants to leave something in exchange for them. In the same way kids need to be 'good' for Santa to come, they need to care for their teeth so that the tooth fairy comes to visit them!
Leave Special Tooth Fairy Gifts
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?
Looking after children's teeth and gums at your local dentist.
Here at your local Egham dentist in Surrey, we offer the latest and some of the most advanced dental technology to our patients.
From general dentistry offering vital services like routine checkups, tooth straightening, bridges, crowns, and hygienist services, to cosmetic dentistry offering 'A list smiles' with tooth whitening, veneers and more.
We pride ourselves on offering the entire family the necessary dental treatment they need, and clearly children's dentistry is a big part of what we do - looking after tomorrow's adult smiles. A child's oral health is so important in terms of the smile they will have as an adult.
Why Are Baby Teeth So Important?
Baby teeth are saving the space for the adult teeth when they come through, but that doesn't mean they aren't important. Baby teeth help to provide the structure in your mouth which aids your speech, which is so important to a child who is still learning how to talk and express themselves. They also help the child chew and digest, and they help them smile. Damaging baby teeth can have a deep effect on a child's development, and on the smile they will have as an adult, so it is very important they are looked after.
Children's Oral Care At Home
In between your child's checkups at Crown House Dental in Egham, a strong oral health regime needs to be in place so that they are able to fully understand the importance of caring for their teeth. From cleaning their gums when they are a baby, all the way to supervising them brushing their own teeth later on, the emphasis should always be on how great it is to care for the teeth. The toothbrush and the toothpaste don't matter quite as much as getting the child to really want to invest in their oral health.
Techniques like setting a good example, talking about being grown-up and looking after teeth, making a two minute brushing time song, talking about big smiles and happy teeth etc are all great ways to get your child more invested in their oral health. Your Egham dentist can of course support you with this from day one, and give you advice, tips and supportive hygienist treatments during your child's visits with us.
Crown House Dental & Children's Dentistry
Oral health tips in readiness for the new school year.
As the six weeks holidays draw to a close, it's time for the little ones to get ready to start or return to education. They're probably smiling with excitement at their new clothes, pencil case, shoes and bag, and at the prospect of seeing all their friends again.
This is great, but it is also important to keep them excited about their oral health as well, so they can smile with confidence every school year, through to adulthood. Kids are growing their confidence so it's important they have a smile to be proud of too. You might think they have their oral health regime on point, but with peer pressure and the added excitement and distraction of school, they may well quickly become distracted and lose interest in their once beloved morning and nighttime regimes. Here are some tips to help you keep your child 'smile ready' for school:
Always Make It Fun
At our Egham dentist, we make sure all our staff are trained and qualified to make the dentist a fun experience for little ones, after all they are the smiles of tomorrow! It is so important that oral care remains fun both during visits to our TW20 clinic, and at home. There are lots of ways to ensure their oral health regime is fun.
You can introduce a sticker chart and reward extra big effort, brushing for the right amount of time or for extra big smiles during a school performance (anything teeth related!). You could also introduce songs that run for 2 minutes so they brush for the right amount of time, and give them character based toothbrushes to use. You could even make up a morning and nighttime tooth brushing dance.
Set An Example