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Electric toothbrushes ‘could help emergency dentistry prevention regimes’

Wed

Could an electric toothbrush help you to prevent a need for emergency dentistry?  Some people may benefit from using electric toothbrushes when it comes to emergency dentistry prevention.

This is the advice of Dr Ogo Eze, who told the Guardian that the devices could help those with manual dexterity problems, or children who struggle with their coordination during brushing.

However, he added: "I wouldn't say electric toothbrushes are automatically better," pointing out that technique is the most important issue.

Dr Eze said one thing that is vital is the use of floss once a day, preferably at night.

The expert recommended flossing first and then brushing, because this will open slight gaps between the teeth to get a brush and toothpaste into, as well as allowing food particles and bacteria to be swept out.

In October 2010, researchers from the University of North Carolina found the Philips Sonicare power toothbrush performed significantly better in tests than a manual brush, Dentistry.co.uk reported.
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Could music help kids avoid emergency dentistry?

Wed

Parents could use music to prevent their kids needing emergency dentistry.Music could help children to get into good habits that will prevent a need for emergency dentistry later in life.

In the US, Dental Plans pointed out that kids' songs which feature youngsters or cartoon characters brushing their teeth may encourage little ones to do the same.

For instance, Canadian songwriter Raffi recently created a ditty called Brush Your Teeth – which can be seen on YouTube – that has lyrics that suggest it is a good idea to brush as soon as you get up.

"Incorporating the song into a child's routine dental care may get them used to brushing their teeth every day," the news provider commented.

Last month, Dentistry.co.uk cited a study by Philips Sonicare, which showed that 19 per cent of parents do not enforce brushing because they know it will cause an argument and do not want the hassle.

A further 29 per cent admitted allowing little ones to skip brushing because they run out of time in the mornings.
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Drinking only bottled water ‘could result in kids needing emergency dentistry’

Tue

Bottled water could inadvertently cause a need for emergency dentistry.Allowing children to drink only bottled water could result in them developing cavities and needing emergency dentistry, it has been claimed.

Dr Matt Hansen, a dentist in the US, told KIMT.com that although mineral water does not damage teeth directly, it could prevent youngsters from getting the fluoride they would normally have got from the tap.

"If we're drinking only bottled water and we don't really know what the fluoride content of that water is we could be missing out on essential nutrients to build our teeth and strengthen our teeth for a lifetime," he warned.

Dr Hansen recommended that parents should make sure their children supplement bottled water with that from the taps and said they should brush with this too.

Earlier this month, Dentistry.co.uk reported on a survey carried out by Philips Sonicare which found that 18 per cent of parents admitted their children only clean their teeth once a day, if at all.
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A third of children could soon face emergency dentistry, study finds

Wed

A third of children aged 12 have bad teeth.A third of children aged 12 could soon be in need of emergency dentistry if they do not take better care of their teeth.

This is the discovery of the new Dental Epidemiology Programme carried out by Liverpool John Moores University, which found that 33.4 per cent of youngsters in this age bracket had decayed, missing or already filled teeth in 2008-09.

On average, the children involved in the study had two teeth that were affected by decay, meaning they could need emergency dentistry treatment soon.

However, there were significant disparities between different areas in the UK, with more than half of the children in some areas having bad dental hygiene.

The worst area was found to be Knowsley in Merseyside, where 56 per cent of 12-year-olds were affected by decay, while Southwark in London was four times better with a figure of 13 per cent.

Health minister Lord Howe commented: "Even though there have been improvements in children's oral health, there is more that can and should be done to tackle persistent inequalities."

This follows recent research from Philips Sonicare cited by Dentistry.co.uk, which showed that 29 per cent of parents allow their children to skip brushing because they are too rushed in the mornings.
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Early action ‘can help children to avoid emergency dentistry’

Thu

Even tiny children should be protected from emergency dentistry.   Going to the dentist as soon as children are old enough could help to prevent them needing emergency dentistry at a later date.

This is according to oral health expert Jason Rosenfield, who told NorthJersey.com that a youngster's first birthday or as soon as they have around four teeth is a great time to start.

He pointed out that although these teeth are not permanent, they can still get cavities and infections. Furthermore, getting youngsters used to looking after their teeth will set a good example.

"Good dental habits are all part and partial to good dental development," Mr Rosenfeld said.

This follows recent research cited by Dentistry.co.uk from Philips Sonicare, which discovered that millions of parents could be putting their kids at risk of needing emergency dentistry.

Some 18 per cent admitted that their youngsters only brush their teeth once a day, if at all, because it is easier than forcing them to do it twice.
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Parents ‘could be allowing children to increase their emergency dentistry risk’

Mon

Lackadaisical monitoring of teeth-brushing by parents could increase emergency dentistry in the UK.  Millions of parents in the UK could be increasing the likelihood of their children needing emergency dentistry by failing to teach them the importance of a good brushing regime.

This is the discovery of new research by Philips Sonicare, which spoke to 1,002 parents of youngsters aged between four and ten, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

It was found that 29 per cent of people allow their children to skip brushing because they are too rushed in the mornings, while 19 per cent do not enforce brushing because they know if will cause an argument and do not want the hassle.

Despite dentists recommending that children and adults brush twice a day to avoid emergency dentistry, 18 per cent of parents admitted their children only clean their teeth once a day if at all.

Colgate advises spending a full two minutes brushing teeth each morning and evening, using a stopwatch if necessary.

It also advocates brushing the tongue for fresher breath.

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Philips toothbrush recommended for preventing emergency dentistry

Mon

Britons could reduce their likelihood of needing emergency dentistry by using a Philips toothbrush.A clinical study has seen a group of scientists recommend a power toothbrush in helping patients to prevent emergency dentistry.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina tested the Philips Sonicare power toothbrush to see if it lived up to its claims on beating plaque and helping with periodontitis, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

It was discovered that the tool not only cleaned teeth and reduced gingivitis, but also improved gums and could halt gingival bleeding within four weeks.

This was significantly better than the results for the manual toothbrush in the same tests.

Dr Joerg Strate from Philips said the toothbrush is a response to the changing needs in oral healthcare.

"Beyond plaque removal … these products help patients to successfully address their oral care needs, even if they are suffering from a compromised situation or particular treatment conditions," he added.

Earlier this month, the British Dental Health Foundation also recommended the Oral-B oscillating-rotating power toothbrush, Dentistry.co.uk reported.
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