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Decay in children’s teeth more prominent than a broken arm’s in children under 10 years of age


It has been reported that the youngest case of tooth decay has been in a child aged 1.

It was also reported that the number of children suffering from tooth decay that required urgent treatment, superseded those that were admitted with broken arms.

Across the space of a year over 34,000 cases of dental treatment in young children was reported due to the result of tooth decay and overall the years of 2016/2017 the peak amount of tooth treatment in youths due to tooth decay was over 45,000.

I am sure it comes to no surprise when the suggestion of sugars in many children’s food items is one of the main causes of decay, but alongside that it is down to the lack of a good oral health routine.

Further analysis of those admitted to hospital suggested that as many as 4 out of 5 children between ages 1 & 2 had not seen an NHS dentist in the previous 12 months or in some cases even at all.

We at Billericay dental care offer dentist check-ups from the moment your child receives their first breakthrough of teeth. Milk teeth are just as important as when adult teeth arrive as they are paving the way for the adult teeth to move into a clean space in your mouth.

A good oral routine should be made when your child first receives their milk teeth.

This includes easy maintenance such as

  • Soft brushing of each tooth

  • A fluoride toothpaste

  • Reduction of sugar in your young child’s diet

  • Brushing twice a day

  • Regular dentist visits

When should you bring you child to the dentist?

A lot of parents might be unaware that dentist visits for your child are FREE on the NHS from birth until the age of 18.

Starting dental visits in the early years of your lives ensure for a smoother visit in any child’s older years, they become familiar with the dentist and the surroundings. All our dentists ensure a friendly and warm environment, helping to make trips to the dentist a positive and fun experience for your child.

What does an examination include?

  1. A check of all your child’s teeth and gums.

  2. Check that all the teeth that should be present are there.

  3. Advice on oral hygiene, diet and general maintenance of the dentition

Need a NHS dentist for your child & your family

Billericay Dental Care has no catchment or boundary. We are willing to see any child from any area. Whether you are in Brentwood or Basildon, Romford or Rayleigh. Because we have a strong ethic and offer a great service we have patients travelling from Southend & Chelmsford.

We provide family caring dentistry, with great access to dentists with interests in sub-specialties of dentistry. We aim to provide treatment under one familiar roof.

Support us by attending our surgery, giving us great feedback, purchasing your oral care products from us and following our guidance.

Hints & Tips:

Help your child too brush their teeth- until they are old enough to tie their own shoe laces.

A 2 minute timer is a useful aid too help you ensure the correct amount of time is being spent.

Always use a fluoridated toothpaste.

Spit after brushing. DO NOT RINSE AND DISCOURAGE SWALLOWING.

Brush the teeth twice daily- morning and evening.

Change toothbrush heads every 3 months.

Show them how to unravel the floss and weave it between each tooth.

Did You Know?

*Your mouth is home to entire communities of microorganisms that recycle your daily intake of food and drink. These are living bacteria’s, that eat, move, grow and reproduce and discharge waste.

*The decay happens in our mouth because they feed onto the sugars and the food and drink we consume and leave behind the waste that causes what we know as dental plaque.

*Having plaque allows them to hang around in your body until they make acid that can wear down your tooth enamel and cause you to have cavities.

*Without being brushed away and cleaned frequently they also enter the gum tissues which in turn can cause bad breath and gingivitis.

How Can We Combat Decay?

*Many foods that are consumed contain a lot of sugar, starches and acids. It is important to balance your intake of food with a good amount of water and a lot of fresh food and vegetables

*Brushing twice a day really helps keep away any nasties that are still loitering after you’ve eaten

*Flossing in between or before brushing really helps pull out anything that has made its way into the unreachable parts of your teeth

*Follow the 5:2 rule. 3 meals 2 snacks and only water in between these times.

February 14th 2018 is

children’s day at Billericay Dental Care.

Feel the love. Book your child in for FREE We see all ages from 6 months (when they have their first tooth)

to 18 years old. On this day we will be exclusively seeing Children (and their Parents) Call 01277 625456 or email smiles@billericaydentalcare.co.uk to book in NOW!

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