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Dental care ‘should start early’

Fri

Dental care should start in infancy to avoid decay later on, experts have suggested.Parents have been urged to ensure they promote the importance of good oral hygiene to their children as early as possible, so as to reduce the likelihood of needing emergency dentistry in the future.

Speaking to the Vancouver Sun, former president of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Dentistry Dr Sarah Hulland explained that it is crucial to ensure that infants' gums are kept sufficiently clean even prior to teething.

"Studies now show that, although you are not born with the bacteria associated with cavities, you acquire those bacteria prior to getting teeth," she told the newspaper.

"The balance against that is appropriate oral hygiene."

Her sentiments were echoed by ex-Ontario Dental Association head Dr Ian McConnachie, who pointed out that the risk of requiring cosmetic dentistry could also be influenced by genetic factors.

Earlier this week, British Dental Health Foundation advisor Louise Chidlow encouraged parents to promote good habits among their youngsters by finding ways to make the act of brushing more "fun". ADNFCR-2621-ID-800429433-ADNFCR

Deferring treatment ‘could lead to emergency dentistry’

Thu

Deferring treatment 'could lead to emergency dentistry'People have been warned that cancelling dental appointments due to the costs involved may result in them having to undergo emergency dentistry in the future.

According to new research conducted by the British Dental Association (BDA), financial concerns following the global economic downturn are causing many patients across the UK to defer attention from a specialist.

The BDA found that 59 per cent of professionals in the field have seen patients cancel an appointment recently, while the last year has seen 33 per cent of practitioners record an upturn in demand for emergency treatment – which may include teeth implants or cosmetic dentistry.

Dr Susie Sanderson, chair of the executive board of the BDA, said it is "understandable" that people are looking to restrict their outgoings during the current economic climate.

However, she added: "Neglecting your oral health can increase both the complexity of the problems you face and the cost of the treatment you must eventually have."

Meanwhile, Louise Chidlow of the British Dental Health Foundation said recently that using fluoride toothpaste is "an absolute must" for maintaining dental health.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800426316-ADNFCR

Expert offers tips on preventing emergency dentistry

Mon

Adhering to a series of dental hygiene rules could help people avoid emergency dentistry.Emergency dentistry could be avoided if people adhere to a series of dental hygiene rules, one expert has advised.

Louise Chidlow, dental advisor at the British Dental Health Foundation, explained it is extremely important for people to ensure they reduce their dietary sugar intake, as they will put themselves at risk of suffering tooth decay if too much sugar is consumed on a daily basis.

This risk could be increased even further if people don't have a satisfactory oral hygiene routine in place, she suggested.

Ms Chidlow also recommended people visit their dentist on a regular basis. While this is usually once every year, it could be as little as once every two years depending on the individual situation.

She said: "Brushing for two minutes twice a day is a must, use a fluoride toothpaste – that's an absolute must – and making sure that you've got the right sized toothbrush and you use the right brush for your needs."

In line with the recommendations of many dentists, Colgate advises that toothbrushes should be replaced every three months, as after this period they become less effective at removing plaque.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800417422-ADNFCR

Using teeth as tools ‘could result in emergency dentistry’

Fri

You could need emergency dentistry if you keep opening jars and bottles with your teeth.  Using teeth for purposes other than chewing could cause a need for emergency dentistry later in life.

Community magazine spoke to dentists in Texas, who said they have seen plenty of cases involving chipped or broken teeth that have arisen from acts such as trying to open jars using the mouth.

The publication reported that even ripping open bags or cutting tape with teeth could cause damage and recommended using scissors instead.

"As long as you use your teeth for their intended purpose and don't abuse them, you will be able to keep your teeth working well for a long time," it commented.

People who use their teeth to hold objects such as pins were also warned that they could eventually develop a gap that only invisible braces and other dental implements can close.

Swimmers may wish to take extra precautions to avoid emergency dentistry after Louise Chidlow from the British Dental Health Foundation told the Daily Mail that the chlorine in water could eventually strip tooth enamel.
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Newspaper remembers sporting injuries that necessitated emergency dentistry

Tue

Could sports leave you needing emergency dentistry?A newspaper has been reminiscing about the freak sporting accidents that necessitated emergency dentistry and other treatments.

The Nottingham Post said one particularly memorable event recently was when Notts opening batsman Neil Edwards hurt himself in the closing weeks of the 2010 season.

He was batting next to Chris Read when the latter whacked the ball into the net dividing them.

Unfortunately, the net stretched and the ball hit Edwards in the face, damaging his two front teeth and splitting his lip. He has since had dental implants to repair them.

The publication also drew readers' attention towards the incident in 1998 involving footballer Kasey Keller, who knocked his teeth out getting his golf clubs out of his car.

Last month, the British Dental Health Foundation's Louise Chidlow told the Daily Mail that swimmers could also be at risk of needing emergency dentistry, as the chemicals in the water could cause tooth erosion.
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Swimming regularly ‘could result in emergency dentistry’

Tue

Swimming could result in emergency dentistry.People who swim regularly should take care to ensure their teeth are not damaged so much that they are left needing emergency dentistry.

This is the advice of Louise Chidlow from the British Dental Health Foundation, who told the Daily Mail that a recent study of 500 swimmers found 66 per cent had damaged teeth.

"Chlorine affects the pH of the water and makes it acidic, so swallowing it can lead to tooth erosion," she explained.

The expert added that exposure to the water can also make teeth look yellow by stripping away the enamel and exposing the darker-coloured dentine underneath.

In order to prevent emergency dentistry, people who take a dip in the pool regularly were advised to keep their mouth shut and avoid brushing straight afterwards, as the enamel may be softer then.

Earlier this month, the Irish Times reported research from scientists in the US and Denmark which found that those who snack during the night could be at risk of damaging their teeth.

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