March 8th, 2017
One of the UK’s most senior dentists has urged parents to make sure they take their children to the dentist before they celebrate their 1st birthday.
Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the Royal College of Surgeons’ faculty of dentistry, was speaking after new figures revealed alarming oral health habits in London. A recent report confirmed that 9 of the top 10 boroughs in the country for the worst rates of childhood dental appointment attendance are located in London. In Kensington and Chelsea, Hackney, and Tower Hamlets, more than two-thirds of children didn’t see a dentist last year, despite expert advice recommending 6-monhtly check-ups for children.
Professor Hunt said that it was “unacceptable” for so many children to miss out on dental appointments, and said that the capital should be “ashamed.” Some parents aren’t taking their children to see a dentist because they assume that they’ll have to pay, which is not the case, as NHS dental care is free of charge for children. In other cases, Prof Hunt suggested that parents aren’t taking the time to ensure that their child has regular dental check-ups, and they should be made aware of the importance of frequent dental checks.
Every year, more than 11,000 children in London are admitted to hospital for dental treatment for an illness, which is preventable. The number of procedures has almost doubled in the last 7 years, and parents need to be aware that they should be taking their children to the dentist on a regular basis from the age of 12 months old.
July 18th, 2014
Fear is a very strange and complex thing and it can smite you down when you least expect it; walking across a bridge, getting on a plane, standing on a cliff edge, and where it comes from is often unknown – maybe the fear of the unknown. Are we born with certain fears or do they develop from physical experiences?
Going to see a dentist slips nicely into such issues as many people have a fear of getting into the dentist’s chair. Now, if you suffer from dental fear, it can seriously hinder any chance of you getting decent dental care – even stop you from going in the first place. This could end up being very dangerous to your oral health in the future.
The answer is to confront the problem head on and though it could well be traumatic for you, you must give it your best shot.
Modern dentists know all about this, they are on your side and this should be your first step: just sitting down and having a chat with a dentist can work wonders. It may take months to get to the root of your problems but you have to persevere and take it at your pace; remember that you are in the driving seat with your decisions so take your time and build up confidence; learn all you can about your treatments and have the final say in what you want.
The great thing about conquering this is that you can then start to apply it to other aspects in your life that you are worried about and become stronger as a person.