Childrens Teeth

Student Life Could be Bad for Teeth

University life may be some of the most memorable years for young adults, but it might also be one of the most dangerous times for your teeth. All the late nights spent at the bars, cafes, and other hangout places could be causing huge dental problems for students, a fellow dentist in Sunderland warns.

All Those Crazy Nights

cosmetic dental practiceLate nights and too much alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks that help you stay awake could be ruining your teeth. This, along with the round-the-clock party attitude of young people and their tendency to forego proper dental care, should definitely be a concern not just for the students, but their families, as well.

Dr. Ken Harris, who runs a cosmetic dental practice in Sunderland and Newcastle, explains that young people who are leaving home for the first time to go to uni are inevitably going to embrace a party lifestyle.

When you party or stay up late, dehydration will likely follow, which then reduces saliva production. Not enough saliva, which protects teeth, can put you at risk of acid damage. The energy drinks you take to keep you up, even the sugar-free varieties, have certain amounts of acid in the fizz that can soften the enamel. Brush the teeth at the wrong time and you could be wearing down your teeth quicker.

Health Should Always be a Priority

We understand the concern of Dr. Harris, as we also advocate all our patients—be they adults or young adults, students or professionals—to practise good oral habits. For the problems affecting uni students, we see a two-part solution. First is for parents to raise these issues to their children who may be leaving home for university. Second is that students should never compromise their health for socialising.

A few tips if you simply cannot avoid staying up at night:

–          Wait a few hours after having fizzy or sugary drinks before brushing. Tooth enamel softened by the sugary drinks could be damaged if you brush immediately.

–          Stay hydrated not only for dental, but your overall health. More than saliva production, drinking water after having a fizzy drink can wash down the sugar that bacteria in the mouth feed on.

–          If you are experiencing a killer hangover and you need to vomit, make sure to rinse your mouth with water but do not brush immediately.

–          Do not forget to visit your dentist and always practise good dental habits.

Student life is hard, but that does not mean you should make it hard on your teeth, too. Book an appointment today with us today and keep your teeth healthy and protected.

Tooth Decay Crisis for British Kids: What is Causing It?

Tooth decay is one of the serious health issues for children in the UK. As a matter of fact, the 2013 Children’s Dental Health Survey for England, Wales and Northern Ireland revealed that around 46% of 15-year-olds had tooth decay. In addition, about half of eight-year-olds and a third of five-year-olds have dental caries in their milk teeth.

Culprits of Tooth Decay in Kids

Diet

tooth decayResearchers noted that the lack of proper diet is the main cause of rising cases of tooth decay in early childhood. Parents give sweets, juices, fizzy drinks and other sugary substances to their kids above the prescribed amounts. That, and the lack of information on proper diet, cause kids to lose their milk teeth early as a result.

Dentophobia

Fear of the dentist is another culprit of tooth decay. The National Heat Service noted that one in four people dreaded a visit to the dentist.  Some people miss dental appointments for years due to perceived pain from dental instruments and treatments. Since their teeth lack proper oral care, they become more susceptible to dental caries and other oral diseases.

Differences in income

Researchers blame the high incidence of tooth decay to differences in income as well. Kids from families with lower financial capacities will more likely suffer from tooth decay. The lack of means affects their access to quality dental care.

A survey by Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed that five-year-olds from more deprived families had higher cases of tooth decay (41%) compared to less deprived families (29%).

Neglect

Among all the causes cited by researchers, they found neglect as the proximate cause. Some parents do not make the effort to know the recommended sugar intake and maintain the oral health of their kids. In fact, some researchers cited that the reason kids nowadays have multiple teeth extractions is because parents delay dental appointments until problems get obviously worse.

Solving the crisis

Realising these issues, dentists encourage parents to supervise oral hygiene and allay their kids’ fears of the dentist early. They should demonstrate or brush the teeth themselves until kids reach age 6-7. In addition, they should give less or no sugary food and drinks to their kids. Dental appointments are strongly encouraged as soon as teeth start to show.

Tooth decay of kids in the UK is now a cause for national concern. Do not let your kid become a statistic. At Bounty Road Dental Practice, we can help save your kid from the scourge of dental caries. We apply safe and almost painless dental treatments to help maintain and improve your child’s teeth. Click here for more information about our dental treatments.

Training Your Child to Become a Good Brusher

A child’s character, skills and inclinations start to show early; the same can be said about their habits. To illustrate, teaching your child the pleasures of reading encourages them to grow up with a love for books and the written word. By training your child to see the good in the others all the time, they will grow up kind and giving.

bounty road dental practice1Invariably, teaching your child good oral habits early on will also lead to them growing up with a better sense of hygiene and—genes not withstanding—a more beautiful smile. Bounty Road Dental Practice, Basingstoke’s oldest dental practice, shares tips on how parents can help their child be better brushers.

Start Even Before the Teeth have Erupted

Yes, you read that right and yes, it is all okay. You should already be wiping their baby gums and cheeks with a soft and moistened washcloth long before their first tooth even erupts. Do this after feeding to remove plaque and excess milk or formula.

Practicing this will get your baby used to oral stimulation. Many parents take this for granted and expect a toddler to adapt to the strange and new feeling of the bristles against their teeth once there are enough teeth. This will be helpful once you introduce to the child toothbrush later on.

Help Them Brush

Once the little ones learn how to use their toothbrushes and are familiar enough with the routine, teach them how to do it properly. Chances are, if you start out early and teach them well, the children will enjoy brushing their teeth and even chew on the toothbrush, causing the bristles to splay.

It helps to have two toothbrushes for them and use the second toothbrush to do a thorough brushing when they are done doing it on their own. We recommend parents to help their children with brushing until they are about 6-8 years old because not all kids have the manual dexterity to do a good job alone.

Give Them Flavours

Children enjoy flavours. The right toothpaste flavours will not only increase their interest in the good habit of regular brushing, but will also make them look forward to brush time.

As the oldest dental practitioner in Basingstoke, we want the best for you. We want your children to grow up with a healthy set of teeth and gums, as this is a valuable asset for everyone. For more information, advice and state-of-the-art dentistry, contact us today.

Fizzy Drinks & Fruit Juices: Culprits Behind Children’s Rotting Teeth

According to the National Health Service, hospitals admit nearly 500 children with rotting teeth every week.

childrens teethChildren as young as four years old find themselves needing teeth fillings due to their consumption of fruit juices and fizzy drinks. These sugar-filled treats are the main reason British children need hospital treatment when young. Most cases mean removing between 4 and 8 of the youngsters’ baby teeth; severe cases mean extracting 20.

Sugar, fizzy drinks and every child’s health

Sugar is a natural addition in foods such as milk and fruits. A number of food products contain more sugar than recommended in order to make them sweeter and therefore tastier for kids. These include the following:

  • Cakes
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit juices
  • Soft drinks

Children ages 4-18 receive 15% of their sugar intake from added sugar.  A large portion of this intake comes from fizzy drinks and fruit juices. Added sugar should not make up more than the recommended 5% of daily energy intake for children aged 2 and above.

While fruit juices also bear good nutrition, its high sugar causes dental damage similar to fizzy drinks. Children who take more than the recommended sugar levels are also at risk of having diabetes and obesity.

How sugar damages teeth

Dentists constantly remind parents and children alike against the severe effects of too much sugar consumption. Bacteria feeding on the mouth’s excess sugar causes painful cavities and tooth erosion. Parents giving their children fruit juices for healthier teeth are making the situation worse. For example, orange juice contains acid, which softens the enamel and encourages teeth sensitivity.

What parents can do

Parents can save their children’s teeth by limiting their intake of soft drinks and fruit juices. Rather than fill the refrigerator with sugary drinks, mums can offer replacements such as water, low-fat milk and other sugar-free drinks.

Parents should also limit fruit juices to one small glass a day. Children can drink fruit juice during mealtimes rather than every snack time in order to lessen their sugar intake.

Regular dental appointments are essential in dental care for children. Bounty Road Dental provides preventive dental care for children of all ages. Get in touch with us now for more information on our children’s teeth services.