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Look after babies’ teeth, parents warned


Look after babies' teeth, parents warnedEmergency dentistry could be necessary for children who do not have an established teeth cleaning routine from a young age, one expert has warned.

Dr Tom Turner described how baby teeth are as important as permanent ones and stated that it is vital parents clean their offspring’s mouth regularly, Wisconsin Business Source reports.

He remarked: “Tooth decay in baby teeth can enter the underlying bone structure. If the baby teeth fall out too early, there can be major problems for the subsequent permanent teeth.”

The news provider noted how findings in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry showed one in five children in the US suffer from tooth decay by the age of three.

Dr Turner explained preventing youngster’s teeth from rotting is simple if people are just aware of the importance of good oral care.

The Korea Times recently reported that using stem cells in baby teeth could be an effective treatment to build up bone density in weak jaws in preparation for dental implants.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19897176-ADNFCR

Make children’s teeth cleaning fun, experts advise


Make children's teeth cleaning fun, experts adviseMaking tooth care seem fun is a good way to get children to learn about dental hygiene, according to one organisation.

The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) encouraged parents to instil good oral health practices in their offspring to prevent the need for emergency dentistry later in life.

“Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood disease,” Dr Lynn Tomkins, president of the ODA said, adding: “It’s important for parents to remind their children about good oral hygiene habits to prevent tooth decay.”

Including a child in activities such as picking out a toothbrush and teaching them about healthy snacks can be good ways to increase their awareness of the importance of looking after their mouths, the institution stated.

Youngsters were advised to ensure they brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily.

Dr John Liu, president of the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, recently commented that oral health is just as important in baby teeth, even though they will eventually fall out, reported.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19881209-ADNFCR

Babies ‘need to visit the dentist’


Babies 'need to visit the dentist'Even when a baby’s teeth have not yet emerged it is important that their oral health is assessed by a dentist, one expert has claimed.

Many parents are unaware of the importance of having their children’s teeth examined by the age of one, the South Minnesota Independent reports.

Spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Dr Teresa Fong explained that preventing bad habits is essential and parents often do not realise the high sugar content in some food and drinks.

She said: “Many people don’t know where to start”, adding that a common myth is that “you don’t need to take your child to the dentist until their baby teeth have grown in.”

Ms Fong recommended avoiding putting children to bed with a bottle as the acid contained in the juice or milk can damage the baby’s teeth and cause decay.

A recent study by researchers at the University of California found that youngsters are more likely to suffer from poor oral hygiene if their mothers do.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19853810-ADNFCR

Children are likely to have tooth decay ‘if mothers do’


Children are likely to have tooth decay 'if mothers do'Poor oral hygiene in mothers can lead to children being more likely to suffer from tooth decay, according to experts.

Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) carried out the study to assess if there was a link between family influence and children’s oral health.

Among the Hispanic families examined it was found that if a mother had rotten teeth the infant was almost twice as likely to suffer as well, suggesting they could need emergency dentistry in the future.

Jane Weintraub, director of UCSF’s Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health, said: “The oral health of parents, especially mum can impact the oral health of children, so dentists should include the whole family in the dental care process.”

She explained that the bacteria which cause the problem can be passed between individuals by tasting a child’s food before feeding them with the same spoon and that as a result, the findings are likely to be representative of other demographics.

Parents were recently warned by the British Dental Health Foundation to be wary of allowing their youngsters to eat too much yoghurt as many are high in sugar and can cause teeth to rot.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19844595-ADNFCR

Children’s teeth ‘have never been better’


Children's teeth 'have never been better'Emergency dentistry may become less frequent for Scottish children in the future, as a new report has revealed their dental health awareness has increased significantly.

A study by the National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) showed that 64 per cent of primary sevens – children aged between ten and 11 – have no signs of tooth decay.

The findings confirm the Scottish government has surpassed its 60 per cent target for 2010 and were announced by public health minister Shona Robison.

“Thanks to work to ensure that children know the importance of dental care … Scotland’s primary sevens are now better placed to have a lifetime of good oral health,” she said.

Ms Robison went on to explain how oral care in deprived communities in Scotland has increased thanks to attempts to improve people’s awareness of the dangers of smoking and drinking alcohol.

Set up in 2002, the NDIP is designed to use information and statistical data to inform children and adults about their dental health status, as well as organisations concerned with promoting good teeth care in children.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19825406-ADNFCR

Hundreds of Sussex children ‘have rotten teeth’


Hundreds of Sussex children 'have rotten teeth'Hundreds of children in the deprived areas of Sussex have had to undergo emergency dentistry as a result of tooth decay, the Freedom of Information acted has revealed.

Figures show that nine per cent of under-18s given a general or local anaesthetic in Sussex hospitals between April 2009 and March 2010 were having dental work, the local Argus newspaper reports.

Symptoms ranged from decay and disease, to serious cavities that required root canal work and abscesses to be drained in the more severe cases.

Records showed that one in 11 children who were admitted to hospitals in the county were suffering from dental problems and as a result some health workers are in support of the controversial debate over whether to add fluoride to tap water.

Fluoride is reported to strengthen tooth enamel and make teeth less susceptible to decay by reducing the amount of acid the bacteria on teeth produce, according to the British Dental Health Foundation.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19814468-ADNFCR

Children ‘getting more cavities’


More children are getting cavities because of sugary foods.

More children are showing signs of tooth decay because of the popularity of caffeinated, sugary drinks, it has been claimed.

The Vancouver Sun reported that Dr Sarah Hulland, a paediatric dentist in Calgary, has argued that the rate of tooth cavities being seen over the last decade has increased dramatically and this has to be down to the diet of today’s youth and the fact there is so much hidden sugar in foods that are marketed to children.

She commented: “Another issue is that kids are being told to hydrate, so they’re constantly sipping on juice and sugary drinks. As well, we live in a culture where small children are constantly being fed little snacks that have hidden sugars.”

Elsewhere, the Windsor Star recently reported that many young people will grind their teeth while growing up, but this is often a phase they will grow out of and it should not impact on their oral health as an adult.

Dentistry advice for parents


Parents have been issued a range of advice regarding the health of their children’s teeth.

A number of concerns regarding the right time to take children to the dentist have been addressed by Rebecca Greene from

Ms Greene wrote in response to questions from readers of the publication that the best time to take a child to their first dentistry check-up is between the ages of two and four – although if anything looks to be wrong, then parents should not hesitate to make an appointment sooner.

Furthermore, she stated that when brushing an infant’s teeth, parents should use a gauze pad that is soft and absorbent when they first appear, before moving on to a small, soft-bristled brush once they are more established in the mouth.

Elsewhere, research carried out as part of the Australian Child Health Survey recently showed that oral health for kids in Australia needs addressing, as 50 per cent of children under six in the country have signs of tooth decay.

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