1 out of 3 … 5 yr old children have bad teeth! It’s the most common single reason why 5-9yr olds are admitted to hospital. We are on a mission to help all parents!
Please let friends/family know we can help. Register your children at Advance Dental Practice for NHS dental treatment so that we can start to help children keep their teeth for life.
The faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England is seriously concerned about the state of children’s oral health in England. Almost a third of five-year-olds are suffering from tooth decay, there are significant regional inequalities and it is the most common single reason why five-nineyear olds are admitted to hospital. In some cases children are admitted for multiple tooth extractions under general anaesthetic, despite tooth decay being almost entirely preventable.
We highlight the following key recommendations:
More than 30 percent of children in England did not see an NHS dentist between 2012 and 2014.
WHAT CAN PARENTS, CARERS, AND CHILDREN DO TO MAINTAIN CHILDRENS ORAL HEALTH.
It has been estimated that around 90 percent of dental caries are preventable, so keeping teeth and gums as healthy as possible can significantly reduce their likelihood. Moreover, tooth decay may not cause any symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage, so it is vital to visit the dentist regularly. Parents and carers of children should adhere to the following basic oral health and preventions guidance:
- Register children with a dentist as soon as the first teeth appear and visit regularly, as often as they recommend. NICE recommends that children visit the dentist at least once every year.
- Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice a day and supervise children’s tooth brushing until they are at least eight years old.
- Ensure a healthy diet and limit consumption of sugary or acidic and high in sugars, so parents should try to give young children only water or milk.
- Aim to introduce drinking from a free-flow cup when children are 6 months old and stop bottle feeding from 12 months. Unless otherwise instructed by a health professional, children over 12 months of age should drink nothing other then water druing the night.
- Use only sugar-free medicines if possible.
- If children develop tooth decay, they must be diagnosed early so that appropriate treatment can be instigated promptly. Referral to a specialist dentist should also be readily available when appropriate. This will help to prevent the need for multiple tooth extractions under general anaesthetic.
For further information please call our friendly team at the practice.
We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
We believe prevention is better than cure when it comes to providing care for all of our patients. We believe that by teaching children from a young age, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, we can develop a better home care routine alongside regular dental check-ups and appropriate preventative care.
Here at Advance we feel that by using these preventative treatments we can help children to keep their teeth for the rest of their lives.
Fluoride application – for children with weakened enamel or demineralisation we can apply a high concentrated fluoride paste to teeth with high risk of caries. This can be applied every 3 months and is monitored for any further lesions or progression.
Fissure sealants – Fissure sealants are plastic coatings that are painted on to the grooves of the back teeth. The sealant forms a protective layer that keeps food and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.