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12 August 2015

Why modern foodstuffs can adversely affect oral health.

Here at our local Surbiton dentist we provide lots of advanced cosmetic dentistry as well as a wide range of general dentistry treatments and services.

One of the key general dentistry services we offer is checkups which involve checking the entire oral area for any potential issues, and discussing necessary treatments and oral hygiene plans based on the results of the checkup.

One of the things we love about our clinic, is the fact we have so many parents bringing their children in to us early, enabling us to provide a truly positive awareness and education of oral hygiene to the young patients at an early age. These checkups are really important for children, as general culture and advertising leaves them vulnerable to tooth decay because of the many sugary products available on the market today. Despite parents best efforts, even foods labelled as healthy can have hidden sugar within them, which leaves children at a high risk of tooth decay.

Professor Nigel Hunt of The Royal College Of Surgeons spoke to a major newspaper recently, explaining that he feels there is a growing crisis in the huge amount of children currently needing teeth removed because of tooth decay. In fact, a third of five year olds in the UK today have some form of tooth decay, which is quite a frightening statistic.

The professor also said that he felt sugary products like sweets and drinks need some sort of warning label, similar to those on cigarettes.

Avoiding Tooth Decay In Children

Here at your convenient Surbiton Dentist we recommend bringing your child in for regular checkups with us to help with tooth decay prevention. We recommend bringing your child in as soon as they get their first tooth – the earlier they come in and meet our friendly team and get used to the dentist, the more likely they are to have a positive attitude to their oral hygiene which will stand them in good stead later on in life.

As well as regular checkups with us, there’s also a lot parents can do to help their children avoid tooth decay.

Why Is It Important To Avoid Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay can cause a lot of pain, infections and it can even have negative effects on your child’s growth. If baby teeth have severe tooth decay your child’s speech and jaw development may be affected. If your child has tooth decay you may find they experience pain and swelling in the mouth and an increased risk of decay in permanent adult teeth.

Spotting Tooth Decay In Children

Dentists are trained to look for early signs of tooth decay, however, it’s a good idea to have a look inside your child’s mouth regularly so that you spot any signs of it early in between visits to the dentist. Look for yellow or brown spots on the teeth, red or swollen gums.

Preventing Tooth Decay

With regular visits to the dentist and an excellent oral hygiene routine, your child will be able to avoid tooth decay. Regular visits to Confidental Clinic will be beneficial so we can advise you on how to help care for your child’s teeth at different stages of their development.

Eating & Drinking

What your child eats and drinks will have a dramatic effect on their tooth health.

Children should eat food and drinks that are low in sugar and that promote chewing. Try to encourage your child to drink water rather than sugary drinks and encourage your child to enjoy healthy foods.

Beating Tooth Decay As A Family

The best way to approach oral hygiene is as a family, ensuring everyone maintains a positive attitude towards their oral health. When children see Mum and Dad enjoying brushing their teeth and enjoying how healthy their teeth are, they will want to follow suit, which is great news for their future smile.

Confidental Care About Your Child’s Oral Health

If you would like to bring your child in for their very first dentist appointment, or for a checkup, please give us a call on 02083991291. Confidental Clinic also offer a wide range of other general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry treatments and services.

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