• 01 JUN 16

    YOUR CHILD’S FIRST TEETH

    Your child’s first teeth will begin to erupt at about six months of age. The lower deciduous (baby) incisors (front teeth) erupt first followed by the upper deciduous incisors. These are followed a few months later by the lower, then upper deciduous first molars (back chewing teeth), the deciduous canines (pointed teeth at side of mouth) follow and then finally the second deciduous molars top and bottom. This process takes about 18 months in total. Your child will most likely have all 20 deciduous teeth by the age of two to two-and-a-half years, although all children vary in development and this age is a rough guide, give or take six months.

    Teething

    This occurs when your child begins to cut their first tooth. Around this time your child’s innate immunity (given by the mother during pregnancy) begins to wane and their own immune system begins to take over. Colds, fevers, irritability and runny noses etc are common at this time and are often associated with teething, but they are separate events. If you are worried about your child’s health during this period it is best to visit your GP. For teething problems it is not recommended to use pharmaceutical gels as they may contain aspirin and do not have a long duration of action. Also it is very difficult to measure the dose. A simple and effective way to relieve teething pain is to give them a piece of frozen banana, a cold piece of cucumber or carrot (large enough not to swallow), a cold teething ring or hard biscuit such as rusk.

    What should you do?

    Cleaning

    There are no hard and fast rules. But you should start to brush your child’s teeth with a soft paediatric toothbrush as soon as they become visible in the mouth. From the age of three you may start using a children’s formulated toothpaste. A small pea sized amount is sufficient, using a gentle scrubbing motion to remove plaque and food debris.

    From the age of six supervised brushing in the morning and evening is advised. A small amount of adult toothpaste may be used as long as your child is able to spit it out and not swallow it.

    Diet

    It is not recommended that you let your child go to bed with a bottle. A bottle of milk will contain sugars that will cause tooth decay if continuously sucked upon through the night. It is best if bottles are given in one sitting and then removed. The same principle of one sitting should be applied for soft drinks, sweets and foods containing sugars as your child gets older. It is not the amount of sugar that a food contains but the frequency of consumption that is important with regards to your child’s teeth. The more frequent the sugar intake, the more often harmful acid is produced which can lead to tooth decay. Treats are best given after meals when natural sugars from food are present in the mouth anyway. Some tooth friendly snacks are fresh fruits, rice crackers, nuts and popcorn (not sugared) as alternatives to chocolate, jellies and candies. Milk or water is preferable to carbonated soft drinks. Fruit juices should be watered down and given in moderation and preferably those with no added sugar or sugar free.

    Breastfeeding

    Prolonged breastfeeding – two years and beyond – may cause dental decay due to the natural sugar in breast milk.

    Dummies

    Use them only up to the age of two, then remove them. They are easier to remove than the child’s own thumb!

    What will NHS Dentist do?

    If you are worried about your child’s dental health then it is best that you bring them for a check up. Your child is never too young to visit the dentist, the earlier this starts the easier they are to treat as they will learn to trust the dentist and the surroundings from an early age. Bring your child with you to your check ups. Then make your child’s first appointment at around two-and-a-half years of age.

    Your dentist will advise you on your child’s development and dental health. You are than welcome to discuss any fears or worries you may have.

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NHS Treatments

  • AFTER EXTRACTION CARE

    To avoid a dry socket (post operative infection of the bone), usually due to early loss of the blood clot… Avoid excessive exercise for several hours. Ideally, rest by sitting in a chair and use an extra pillow for the first night.Excessive exercise will cause further bleeding. Do not drink anything alcoholic for 24 hours.

  • BRUXISM – Grinding or Clenching your teeth

    Bruxism (Medical term for the habit of grinding/clenching your teeth). Who is most at risk? – You are more likely to suffer from bruxism if you: Have a stressful lifestyle Drink large amounts of alcohol Smoke Take medication for sleep, depression or anxiety (paroxetine, fluoxetine and setraline) Drink six or more cups of tea or coffee a

  • FLUORIDE

    What is Fluoride? Fluoride is a natural mineral that is able to protect teeth against decay. It is not a substitute for cleaning your teeth and eating healthily. It is found in toothpastes, mouth rinses and is added to public water supplies in some areas (not in London). How does Fluoride work? If fluoride is

  • ORAL HYGIENE

    What is it? Keeping your teeth and gums clean, healthy and free from infection. Good oral hygiene will prevent dental decay and periodontal disease and is essential for preserving gums and the bone which keeps your teeth secure in your mouth. If you smoke you are much more likely to get periodontal problems. You are

  • TOOTH SENSITIVITY & EROSION

    TOOTH (dentine) HYPERSENSITIVITY and EROSION (worn teeth) What is hypersensitivity? It is a short sharp pain arising from exposed dentine (part of the tooth which is in communication with the nerve inside the tooth) in response to stimuli. These could be thermal such as hot or cold drinks, chemical such as sweet or acidic food

  • YOUR CHILD’S FIRST TEETH

    Your child’s first teeth will begin to erupt at about six months of age. The lower deciduous (baby) incisors (front teeth) erupt first followed by the upper deciduous incisors. These are followed a few months later by the lower, then upper deciduous first molars (back chewing teeth), the deciduous canines (pointed teeth at side of