March 20th, 2019
New data published by Public Health England has confirmed that over 90% of extraction procedures carried out in hospitals in England are required for extensive decay. Nine out of ten children aged 0-5 need treatment in hospital as a result of a dental disease, which is almost always preventable.
Research suggests that there has been an overall improvement in children’s dental health in the last year, but standards are falling in younger children under the age of 5. Dental problems are also still the most common reason for hospital admission among children aged between 6 and 10 years old.
Dental decay can cause severe pain and low self-esteem, and studies show that the need for extractions under general anaesthetic contributes to around 60,000 missed school days per year.
One of the main causes of decay is excessive sugar consumption. There has been a slight decline in consumption in the last year, but data shows that a large proportion of kids are still consuming far more than the recommended daily intake. The average child is taking in the equivalent of 8 more cubes than the recommended quantity.
Public Health England’s Change4Life campaign is encouraging parents and children to be more aware of sugar content, and to make healthy swaps, which will reduce the average daily intake of the entire family. Cereals, flavoured yoghurts, fizzy drinks and juices, dried fruit, and cereal bars are all products that often contain high levels of sugar. Health experts are encouraging parents to read food labels and to stick to whole grain cereals and porridge, natural yoghurt and water and milk. The Change4Life website also has information about healthy snacking, after it was revealed that many children consume the recommended daily intake of sugar through snacking alone.
In addition to making healthy food swaps, Public Health England is also eager to promote regular routine dental checks from the age of 12 months, and twice-daily brushing.
July 10th, 2013
So you have taken that wonderful plunge and decided to have a baby in London- how lovely. It is a huge undertaking though; there are a lot of things you need to be vigilant about as your child grows up, especially when dealing with oral health, as the teeth are going to go through many changes until your kid starts to reach adulthood. It can sound quite daunting at first, but as long as you do a little prep work and research beforehand, plus get a dentist on board, you should be able to cope. Always have a game plan: you will have to pay for the treatments they will have to have along the way- and they can be many. You have to watch out for tooth decay even from the off, so you must be prepared to clean the teeth of your child for the first 5 years- your dentist can help and advise you with this. You will see your child’s second teeth appear, by which time of course children should start cleaning their own teeth which will again take away some of your responsibilities. The next instalment may well be the need for braces, again, a traumatic time, so you’ll need to nurse and support them again. Diet is especially important to a child’s growth; it will strengthen their immune system and give them strong teeth to help fight the changes that they are going to go through.
December 25th, 2011
Children can begin teething as early as three months of age and go on until the child’s third birthday. Teething toddlers can understandably be a frustrating experience for parents. We understand completely how difficult it must be to watch your child struggle with the pain and discomfort of developing new teeth. When new teeth are breaking through the gum line, it can cause discomfort and swelling for children, resulting in cranky and restless toddlers who have trouble sleeping and eating. Teething toddlers will experience tender and swollen gums that look very red. To help ease the discomfort and to prevent any rashes from saliva, try wiping your toddler’s face frequently with a wash cloth. You could also encourage your child to have good chews on safe objects that cannot be swallowed or broken into smaller pieces by accident. Wash the objects that your child is chewing on regularly, as a matter of course! Make sure that the objects your child is teething on are not too hard because very hard objects could cause damage to their gums. We advise against medicating your child yourself for teething. If you are at your wit’s end with your cranky teething toddler, please do not hesitate to give our offices in the City of London a call. We can offer you some more advice as well as discuss the possibility of using acetaminophen.
April 27th, 2008
Today dental problems are increasing rapidly and the debutant step is put forwards by the King’s College based in London to start up with Child Oral Health Improvement Programs. This initiative is also recognized to be the first step undertaken globally. It was in the Global Child Dental Health Taskforce Conference 22, the greatest public and dental health specialists planned to start with the exploration on the measure to eradicate dental problems in kids below 20 years of age.WHO is the one supporting the task force and is also raised by Professor Raman Bedi belonging to the King’s College London. The step put forward is to affect nine countries including Mexico, China, United States, India, and South Africa thus spreading across millions of children and their parents. Slowly, it is to reach out to thirty different countries thus eradicating oral problems entirely.
Professor Bedi talked about the tooth problems, its causes and consequences during the conference. He also pointed out the major cause to be the exposure towards fluorides and increased consumption of sugar. He also explained that each and every child in the world should be experiences good oral health. Professor noted that one of the common problems seen in children is the dental cavity and this is to be well approached on an international basis to decline the number and finally throwing it out of the society sooner.
The Director of WHO Global Oral Health Programme, Dr Poul Erik Peterson also pointed the importance of dental problems and the need to remove it completely from the society as a whole. He also conveyed that the major problem exists among the developing and developed countries and the issue is to be seriously met to have a wonderful tomorrow free of worries!