Childrens Teeth

You are not a shark

The shark has got it made when it comes to teeth. No shark ever has to worry about decay or gaps because they have an endless supply of teeth waiting to replace any that get broken or fall out. Sharks’ teeth don’t have any roots. In fact, some species of shark get through about 50,000 teeth in their lifetime.

Preventive Dentistry for Kids in StevenageHumans are different from sharks. Nature supplies us with one set of adult teeth, with roots. When they’re gone, they’re gone. That’s why it’s very important that we teach our kids to take really good care of them.

And we don’t appear to be doing a very good job. Tooth decay among the children of the UK is still very high, no doubt because of the amount of sugar in their diets. A survey in September 2014 found that 12% of three-year-olds had cavities. Kids get a particular kind of decay that shows up on the front teeth and then spreads rapidly. It is caused by drinking sugary drinks from a spouted cup when children are being weaned. Scary stuff, and totally avoidable if you bring your child to the dentist for regular check-ups.

At Smilecraft, we are hot on preventive dentistry for kids in Stevenage. We check your children’s teeth very carefully for decay from the time they first appear. This is when we recommend you start bringing your child in for check-ups. We also recommend that you bring them in before that. Allowing them to tag along to your own appointments or those of older siblings, gets them used to the dental clinic. They will be more relaxed when it’s their turn for a check-up, maybe even eager to finally get a chance to copy you for real.

Because children’s teeth are so susceptible to decay, we offer two treatments that provide extra protection. One is to paint fluoride onto the teeth to mineralise the enamel against decay. We can also paint sealant on to the back molars. This covers the fissures in the chewing surfaces, where decay tends to occur. Seeing young patients also allows us to keep an eye out for issues with the bite and spot teeth that are going to come through out of alignment.

Your children’s oral health

Preventive dental care for your children is hugely important.Dentists will encourage parents to bring their children for regular check-ups from an early age.

childrens-teeth-in-stevenageCheck-ups from a young age will help to ensure that children won’t suffer from untreated dental decay which can have serious effects on the health of their teeth. There are numerous preventive treatments that children of any age will benefit from.

Keeping children going for regular dental appointments can encourage them to keep up with their oral hygiene routine, benefitting them for the rest of their lives. It is important to choose the correct dentist for your children’s dental needs, such as Smilecraft in Stevenage.

How to avoid tooth decay

Avoiding giving children unnecessary sugar is a good way to establish healthy eating patterns to protect a child’s teeth for life. Milk and water are the only drinks that are recommend be put into a baby’s bottle.

Ideally babies should be introduced to a feeding cup as soon as possible. Fruit juice given to children, should be diluted and given in a cup. It is recommended to restrict juices to mealtimes only. If the child tends to snack between meals it is best to avoid sweets and biscuits as much as possible.

Cleaning children’s teeth

Plaque will start to form on children’s teeth and gums as soon as the first tooth appears. So, it is very important to begin a regular tooth-brushing routine as soon as possible.

It is important to use a toothbrush that is appropriate for the child’s age and stage of tooth development. A small-headed soft toothbrush should be used as soon as the first tooth arrives. Dentists, such as Smilecraft in Stevenage recommend character toothbrushes, as they are an excellent way to make brushing fun for children.

Is fluoride important for my child’s teeth?

Fluoride is in most toothpastes but special children’s toothpastes are better for babies and infants because the amount of fluoride is controlled. It is important to have just the right amount, not too much or too little.

To avoid excess fluoride from toothpastes, children under six years should be supervised when tooth-brushing and only use a small amount of toothpaste. If you have any queries regarding fluoride it is always best to ask a dentist, such as Smilecraft in Stevenage.