April 3rd, 2019
Researchers in the US are urging parents to keep their children’s baby teeth to combat potentially deadly diseases later in life.
Scientists from the United States National Center for Biotechnology claim that the stem cells in baby teeth are likely to be in better condition than those found in adult teeth, which may have been exposed to environmental hazards. Stem cells play a valuable role in the regeneration of new cells, and could help to save lives, according to the research team. It is thought that in some cases, using stem cells from milk teeth could eliminate the need to try and obtain stem cells from the bone marrow, which is a more complex process.
Although using stem cells from milk teeth is a relatively new concept, researchers believe that it could become much more commonplace in the near future. Stem cells could be used to treat some forms of cancer and to try and prevent heart attacks, and it’s also possible for the cells to facilitate bone growth, to regenerate tissue in the liver and eyes and to treat diabetes. Cells can be harvested from baby teeth up to 10 years after the tooth has been lost.
A trial in China revealed that stem cells taken from milk teeth helped to restore feeling and sensation in damaged adult teeth. Songtao Shi, from the University of Pennsylvania, which was involved in the study, explained that the treatment gave patients the ability to feel again, for example, to experience hot and cold. The university team is now planning to work on a trial that determines how using stem cells from a child can impact other people.
March 5th, 2014
When it comes to oral hygiene, it’s never too early to start taking care of your teeth and gums. Children who practise good oral hygiene from an early age are less likely to develop tooth decay. Cavities can be painful and they may also cause the milk teeth to fall out prematurely, which causes problems later in life.
Ideally, parents should take steps to protect their child’s teeth and gums from a very early age, as soon as the first teeth start to push through. Using a very soft brush to clean the teeth will help to prevent bacteria from gathering in the mouth without hurting the gums.
As soon as children are old enough to clean their teeth independently, they should be supervised and taught how to brush properly. Studies have shown that children with poor oral health are more likely to experience difficulty at school, often because they cannot concentrate because they are in pain and there is also a worry that children with decay and tooth pain will miss valuable classroom hours.
We recommend 6 monthly check-ups for children and the sooner they start, the better, as regular appointments enable them to get used to their dentist and also the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the dental surgery. We know that the clinic can be scary place for little people, but we do all we can to make it fun and completely stress-free and painless.
If you need any help or advice about teeth cleaning, choosing products for your child or getting your child to brush without having a battle every morning, our friendly dentists will be happy to help!
October 18th, 2010
Teething is a normal part of a baby’s development and should be no more stressful than growing hair but for some babies it can be a cause of pain and distress which in turn can affect the mother and father.
Some babies are born and already have teeth, but usually the first teeth emerge after about six months, and occasionally some children do not develop teeth until they are more than a year old. Essentially there are no strict rules so you should not be overly concerned if your baby is slow to develop teeth. In nearly all cases, babies will have their first set of teeth, often called the milk teeth, by the time they are two and a half and then their permanent teeth will start to develop when they are about six years old and afterwards.
When the teeth start to emerge through the gums, studies show that babies suffer a rise in temperature. This can make many babies quite irritable and cause difficulty sleeping and we all know what happens when a baby doesn’t get their sleep. It usually means that neither parent gets much of theirs either. Babies who are teething generally need more comforting and attention to help them through this difficult time.
However, in some cases teething can be blamed for many problems that might not be necessarily to do with the teeth. It is very easy to put down discomfort to teething when there may be something else wrong. The golden rule is always better safe than sorry and you should always check with a doctor or City of London dentist if you are unsure about anything. Remember, teething may be uncomfortable but it shouldn’t make babies ill or unwell.
During teething the gums will become a little red and sore. Your baby may also dribble more than usual but there are many ways to ease your baby’s discomfort. Find out more by making an appointment to see your City of London dentist