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  1. Tooth decay in infants and young children

    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.

    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.

    Also you can find out more about healthy eating and diet:

    Download the healthy eating app

     


  2. Six Common Dental Problems

    31st July 2017 by St Raphaels Dental

    Why Do My Teeth Hurt? Six Common Dental Problems

     

    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:common dental problems

    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 desensitizing 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.

    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 or would like to seek professional advice, please call us on 01695 627 617 or email us at hello@straphaelsdental.co.uk for the best advice.


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