12th October 2017 by St Raphaels Dental
Caring for the dental health of your newborn infant and young children, things you can do and things you should avoid tooth decay.
NHS oral health care survey in England
Public Health England conducted a national dental health survey in 2015. The survey was conducted on 5 year old children living in England.
The survey highlighted 25% of 5 year old children had experienced tooth decay, with an average of 3 or 4 teeth being affected and the majority untreated.
The North West of England saw the rate of tooth decay in children at 13% higher than in the South East of England. The highest rate of tooth decay recorded was found in Blackburn and Darwen where 56% of children aged 5 have tooth decay.
The sixth most common child hospital procedure and the most common reason for hospital admission of children between 5 to 9 years old was tooth extraction.
Child dental health facts
- Each child missed on average 3 days of school due to dental problems
- 38% of children had sleepless nights due to dental pain
- 26% of children who had teeth extracted missed days at school
- The average cost to the NHS for each child seen in hospital for tooth extraction was £836.00
- The total cost a year to the NHS for tooth extractions of children under 5 was £7.8m
Advice for dental health for infants
- Breast milk is the only food or drink babies need for around the first 6 months of their life. First formula milk is the only suitable alternative to breast milk
- Bottle-fed babies should be introduced to drinking from a free-flow cup from the age of 6 months and bottle feeding should be discouraged from 12 months old
- Only breast or formula milk or cooled, boiled water should be given in bottles
- Only milk or water should be drunk between meals and adding sugar to foods or drinks should be avoided
Advice for dental health for young children
- Reduce the quantity and frequency of foods and drinks that contain sugar, only give sweet foods and dried fruit at mealtimes
- Squashes sweetened with sugar, fizzy drinks, soft drinks and juice drinks have no place in a child’s daily diet
- Limit the amount of fruit juice and smoothies your child drinks to a maximum of 150 ml (1 portion) in total per day and drink it with meals to reduce the risk of tooth decay
- Always ask for sugar-free medicines
Remember to visit the dentist on a regular basis, every 6 months or sooner if advised by a dentist. Infants straight after birth or within the first 6 months should be registered with a dentist.
If you would like to know more contact St Raphael’s Dental Practice on 01695 627 617.
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31st July 2017 by St Raphaels Dental
Why Do My Teeth Hurt?
Six common dental problems that cause tooth pain.
The main causes of tooth pain or tooth sensitivity have the potential to be dangerous, so it is always worth it to play it safe and get your teeth looked at early on. If hot or cold foods are causing you discomfort then you may be suffering from the common dental problem broadly referred to as tooth sensitivity.
Pain is usually included as a sensitivity issue and can be linked to a number of illnesses. Sensitivity in your teeth can happen for a lot of different reasons, six of the most common dental problems (that can cause sensitivity) include:
A lot of these problems sound scary but thanks to dental science and technology sensitive teeth can be treated. Being able to identify a problem in its early stages makes treatment easier.
Your dentist may recommend desensitising toothpaste if the damage is not too severe or other treatment options are available as well, which your dentist will be able to recommend based on the cause of your sensitivity.
If you do suspect that your teeth are hurting due to one of the problems mentioned above then visit your dentist straight away.
Good Oral Hygiene
Proper oral hygiene is always the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Regular visits to your dentist can help you avoid a lot of dental health issues and your dentist will be more than happy to answer any questions and queries.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms ot pain or would like to seek further professional advice, please call us on 01695 627 617 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the best advice.
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9th November 2016 by St Raphaels Dental
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implants are becoming increasingly popular as patients discover the many benefits associated with replacing missing teeth. We’ve explored why this new innovation in dentistry is so popular, and how it can help you regain your confidence after losing teeth.
Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
Dental implants are now one of the most popular method of replacing missing teeth, but there are still many people who are daunted by the prospect of facing the dental implant procedure. However, replacing missing teeth using implants can actually reduce the number of times you’re required to visit the dentist, and will ultimately prevent the onset of infection and decay in the future if looked after using an efficient oral hygiene routine.
One of the main benefits of using dental implants is the fact that they are healthy looking and sturdy. This means you will appear to have a natural tooth while benefiting from the strength and stability of a natural tooth root. Attached directly to the jawbone, the tooth requires little help from the dentist to stay healthy, and will allow patients to eat as normal once the mouth has healed. Additionally, dental implants can last a lifetime if looked after, so removing the need for replacements in five or ten years time.
Dental Implants vs. Alternative Treatments
Common alternative treatments for a missing tooth include bridges and dentures, but both deliver a number of downsides that are eradicated when using dental implants. When it comes to bridges, the main downside is the filing down of surrounding, healthy teeth. Unlike dental implants, bridges require the support of the teeth either side of the gap to ensure the artificial tooth stays in place. This causes unnecessary damage to healthy teeth that cannot be reversed.
Although dentures do not require the patient to have any damage inflicted upon healthy teeth, they do only provide a temporary and unstable replacement for missing teeth. This often results in patients experiencing difficulty eating and struggling to keep their dentures in the right position. Dental implants, on the other hand, are kept firmly in place, so you can enjoy food, conversation and many other daily tasks without fear of revealing a gap in your teeth.
If you would like to book a Consultation with our Treatment Advisor for more information then please call us on 01695 627 617 or fill in the ‘Contact Us‘ form and one of our team members will call you back.
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