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Olivia Wilde posts picture of sons first time at the dentist


Actress Olivia Wilde has shared a photo of her son on Instagram, showing the youngster sitting patiently in the dentist’s chair at his very first appointment. The toddler gives a cheeky smile to the camera as he sits waiting for the dentist with a paper bib around his neck.

Otis, who turns two in April, was apparently very well behaved during his first appointment and his mum Olivia commented alongside the picture that he was ‘better behaved’ than she has ever been when visiting the dentist. She also jokes they must have given him ‘the good drugs’ to calm him down for the treatment.

It appears to have been a routine check-up, as Olivia recently spoke on the red carpet about how well her son is developing. The 32-year-old revealed that the youngster is ‘thriving’ and excitedly explained that he is very happy and healthy. She also explained that Otis is a big fan of Beyoncé and she spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about how his love of the R&B star has ‘really hit a fever pitch’ which she describes as ‘intense.’


Parents are still taking children to the dentist during school hours


According to new research carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation, three out of five parents admitted that they would most likely take their child to see the dentist during school hours. The study also revealed that only three in ten would make appointments during the school holidays and less than one in ten would go over the weekend – despite the fact that more dental practices are trying to make appointments available outside school hours, in an attempt to meet the needs of parents in Britain.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, explained that there are a growing number of clinics that are taking the needs of parents with school-age children into consideration when scheduling their appointments. He added that ‘Later and weekend opening hours mean parents can take their children to the dentist without the need for skipping school attendance. The school holidays are also a great time to take your child for a check-up.’

Experts have long been pressing the issue of oral hygiene among the younger generation, suggesting that a dental appointment at least once a year is the best way to ensure good dental health – along with daily cleaning and tooth care. Dr Carter emphasised this point, explaining that ‘Early childhood experiences determine a child’s dental health needs for the rest of their lives.’

Spring ‘is a good time to start emergency dentistry prevention’


Make emergency dentistry prevention a new resolution for spring.Anyone who does not already follow a diligent emergency dentistry prevention regime could find that spring is the perfect time to start.

This is according to mouthwash manufacturer Eludril and Elgydium, which told that people should spring clean their oral hygiene in the same way they would their houses after the winter months.

To begin with, the firm's experts recommended always brushing for two minutes twice a day, even if you are feeling tired. They suggested getting ready for bed early if you are in for the whole evening, as this will leave you more time for brushing.

Flossing was also recommended, as was buying a new toothbrush.

Finally, Eludril and Elgydium said it is vital to pick up the phone and make a dental appointment if you haven't had a check-up in ages.

Last month, Dr Ogo Eze told the Guardian that it is important to brush regularly but not too vigorously, as this can scrub away the gums.

‘Treat teeth like your car’ to prevent emergency dentistry


Regular check-ups should prevent emergency dentistry.Treating teeth to a check-up as regularly as you do your car could help to prevent emergency dentistry, it has been stressed.

Mary Hayes, spokesperson for the American Dental Association, told the Norwich Bulletin that many people put off going to see a dentist until they have a serious problem such as intense pain, even though this is a big mistake.

“Dentistry’s strength is in its model of prevention and we should care for our teeth at least as well as we do our cars,” she commented.

This means going for a check-up with a dental practitioner every six months to a year, Ms Hayes said.

However, people who suffer from a lot of plaque build-up may wish to consider going three or even four times a year.

Colgate states that teeth are clean and free from debris when the breath is not stale and gums are firm and do not bleed during brushing or flossing.


Toddler survives two-storey fall – but may have needed emergency dentistry


A tot who fell from a window needed emergency dentistry, but nothing else.A 21-month-old child has miraculously survived a fall from a two-storey window, with a little emergency dentistry the only treatment he required afterwards.

Firefighters in the Scotts Valley area of California were called to a house after a little boy apparently knocked a screen out of a window and fell out.

He bounced off a car parked in the driveway below, but was unharmed apart from a chipped tooth and a few cuts to his face.

Neighbours and the authorities said he was lucky to have survived the 15ft fall and that his family was a little shaken up by the incident after the child was released from hospital.

The California Dental Association sponsored legislation in 2006 which requires all children to be provided with a dental check-up in kindergarten or first grade, so this particular toddler may be able to provide healthcare practitioners with an interesting story when he is a little older.

Anxiety ‘may lead to emergency dentistry’


Some people are frightened of the dentistAnxiety can mean some people end up needing emergency dentistry, it has been suggested.

Writing for the Los Angeles Town Crier, Ken Schweifler described how a negative experience in the dentist’s chair can lead to fears about going for a check-up.

However, he said this may turn into a catch-22 type of situation.

Because people are anxious about receiving treatment they do not visit the dentist on a regular basis, meaning they miss out on preventative maintenance, Mr Schweifler explained.

This leads to more serious problems and, as a result, they require emergency dentistry.

“This traumatic experience then reinforces the dental phobia,” he added. “They never experience the rewards that come with uneventful checkups and achieving dental health.”

Children also require regular check-ups and recently reported that according to the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, youngsters should go to the dentist before they are one year old.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19903747-ADNFCR

Dental check-ups ‘can highlight cancer signs’


Head to dentist’s for canacer screening.

Brits worried about their general health have been urged to head to their local dentist’s office to have a check-up.

The Mal Hutton CHANCE (Campaign For Head and Neck Cancer Education) Fund is urging people to visit their dentist regularly, as dental professionals will routinely check for this disease and it can be a good way to spot the early signs of cancer development, Wigan Today reported.

Lynne Hutton has been working with Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trusts to promote awareness and commented: “The message of the campaign is very simple – we just want to encourage people to go to their dentists for regular check-ups.”

Elsewhere, the Westmoreland Gazette recently reported a new scheme has been launched in Kendal, Appleby, Wigton and Brampton and is set to be rolled out across Cumbria to help improve oral health in the region.

The initiative will focus on promoting preventative emergency dentistry treatments for patients.

Brits advised on avoiding dentist fears


Children can have their fears allayed about visiting the dentist.

People across the UK have been advised of three of the best ways to ensure children do not develop a fear of going to the dentist’s office by a national newspaper. fear of dentists

The Mirror reported that firstly, parents should tell children what to expect from a visit to the emergency dentist, as this will put them at ease and ensure nothing that happens which is a surprise to them.

Secondly, kids should be taken along when a parent goes for their check-up in order to see that it is not a scary experience.

And finally, allowing children to take along a favourite teddy or toy can help put them at ease and ensure they do not feel out of their comfort zone when having a check-up of their own.

Elsewhere, Big News recently reported that Brits looking to avoid bad dentistry should always ask to see a portfolio of a dentist’s work before signing on with them.

In this way, the news provider noted, people are able to gauge before and after shots of a dentist’s handiwork.

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