Posts Tagged ‘Childrens oral health’

Children’s Dental Treatment For Straighter Teeth For Young Patients Near Kew

Where your teeth are concerned, sooner is better than later, prevention is preferable to cure, and an early visit to the dentist is always the best option. With time being of the essence, it’s important to give your children’s teeth a valuable head start. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, it’s best to bring your child in for an assessment by the time they turn seven, and this is the stance we take at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Kew. Around this time, children still have some of their milk teeth as well as new permanent teeth, and emerging orthodontic problems can be easily spotted and rectified. An ‘interceptive’ approach to braces can really make a difference to your child’s dental future.

Catching problems early

The mouth of a seven year old can contain any of a number of early problems:

  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Teeth sticking out excessively
  • Too many or too few teeth
  • Problems with the growth of the jaw, including ‘bad bite’

These issues are natural occurrences, but other problems can result from a variety of factors:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Swallowing abnormally
  • Bad hygiene
  • Poor nutrition
  • Milk teeth being lost at the wrong time
  • Accidents
  • Disease of the teeth or gums

Planning for the future

By intervening early, our dentists can easily correct these complications before they get any worse. Dr Saba Qureshi, our Specialist Orthodontist, has considerable experience and knowledge of children’s teeth. She’s an expert in braces and can make sure your child’s introduction to orthodontic care is a happy one. Interceptive braces can start your child off on the road to healthy straight teeth throughout their life.




Children Learn All About Oral Health Near Hounslow

This is the month of Children in Need with the BBC televised appeal show scheduled for 16th November. This amazing charity gives year-round support to children suffering from poverty, disabilities and abuse. Children in Need is a poignant reminder of how precious children are. One of the ways children can live a healthy life is by maintaining a sound oral hygiene.

Starting young

At only six months old, usually before any teeth have come through, getting a baby used to the idea of cleaning teeth as part of the bathing routine is an excellent way to get started. By brushing the baby’s gums with a soft toothbrush, possibly letting them try when supervised, oral hygiene should hopefully feel like second nature to the baby as they become a small child.

Things to remember

It is essential that the toothpaste contains fluoride and children’s toothpaste is available. Brushing should last for 2 minutes, twice a day and should be supervised until a child is seven or eight years old. Use a mirror so the child can see where they are brushing and help guide them with your hand to make sure they are brushing correctly. Try and make brushing teeth fun but obviously don’t let the child walk or run with a toothbrush in their mouth.

Being proactive

Ideally, children should start going to the dentist from the age of two. On the emotional side, the child will have a chance to get to know the dentist and their surroundings. On the health side, the dentist will help you focus on any areas that can be improved within the current dental hygiene and find any problems early, reducing or possibly eliminating the need treatment. For more information on children’s dentistry please contact the team at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Hounslow.


Are you looking after your child’s smile?

It may seem a little neurotic to think about taking your child to the dentist the minute their milk teeth come through.

However, the fact is that from the minute your child’s teeth show they are susceptible to all the little nasties that yours are and so your child’s dental health should be taken seriously from the start.

Children’s dental health in the UK is actually amongst the best in Europe but it is still the case that only 6 in 10 children start school with a perfectly healthy mouth. For 4 in 10 children problems such as tooth decay or acid erosion have already taken effect by the age of 5. Young children cannot be held responsible however for the state of their oral health; it is up to parents to make sure that their child’s teeth are kept healthy.

Keeping a Small Smile Mighty

The first thing to do is to get your child interested in brushing right from the start. As soon as their first milk tooth comes through you should start to clean their teeth. Starting as you intend to go on will mean that your child gets into a routine that they will continue for life. As your child grows you should start to teach them the art of effective brushing but not until the age of 7 should you leave the kids to it when they’re brushing their teeth – be sure they are doing it correctly.

As with brushing, trips to the dentist should start as early as possible. Take your child along with you for your check-up and they’ll get used to the surroundings and will not fret when it’s their turn to climb into the dentist chair. The dentist will also have an informal look around your child’s mouth while you’re there and will be able to keep a check on any early problems.

A final thought is your child’s best friend: sugar! Keeping the kids sugar free is impossible but being clever with the sugar allowance will go a long way in keeping tooth decay at bay. Try to keep sugary foods confined to meal times and finish meals with alkaline foods such as cheese or milk to neutralise the acid left behind. The less time sugar is left to linger, the less damage it can do.

Sparkle Dental are here to add a little ‘sparkle’ to your smile

When your child’s teeth are shiny and new it may seem unimportant to take oral health seriously but your child’s teeth are just as susceptible to oral problems as yours. Starting early will keep their smile brighter than the lights of the Hanwell and not only this but young minds follow good example and a good example set by you will ensure your child learns to take oral health seriously.

Yoghurt Reduces Cavities For Kids

Eating yoghurt regularly could slash a child’s risk of developing tooth decay, according to new research.

Consuming the dairy product at least four times a week reduced the chances of three-year-olds developing cavities by 22 per cent, compared to those who ate it less than once a week.The findings, published in the Journal of Dentistry, came from a Japanese study which was investigating earlier claims that dairy foods generally could ward off dental decay in children.

But while butter, cheese and milk appeared to have no major benefit, high consumption of yoghurt did have a protective effect in young children.It’s not clear why yoghurt reduces the need for fillings.

But one theory is that it contains proteins that ‘bind’ to the surface of teeth and seals them against attack from harmful acids.This seal means the calcium and phosphate which makes up tooth enamel is not broken down over time.The research, by experts at Fukuoka University and the University of Tokyo, supports earlier work by Australian scientists who exposed extracted teeth to yoghurt and found it kept decay at bay.

Fears over children’s dental health in the UK were raised last year when figures revealed a steep rise in the number of children being admitted to hospital for emergency dental work due to tooth decay. Nearly 30,000 children a year in England need hospital treatment, many to have rotten teeth pulled. Children from poorer areas are twice as likely to need treatment as those from affluent families.

In the latest study, Japanese researchers looked at more than 2,000 children aged three and quizzed parents on their eating habits. Each child also had a dental check to assess the state of their teeth. The results showed a clear link with yoghurt but not with other popular dairy produce.

In a report on their findings the researchers said: ‘High consumption of yoghurt may be associated with a lower prevalence of dental cavities in young children.’ But British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter warned: ‘It should be remembered that many yoghurts in the UK contain added sugar and it is well established that increasing the frequency of sugar containing foods and drinks leads to an increase in dental decay.

‘Yoghurts are also quite thick and will tend to coat the teeth for longer which can also lead to problems. If parents wish to increase their children’s yoghurt intake it is therefore important that this be confined to meal times.’

Source: Daily Mail

Sparkle visits school in Ealing


Hardip giving children of Christchurch School, Ealing, oral health instructions

Two members of Sparkle Dental Boutique, Ealing, Hardip Dhillon, (Dental Therapist) and Wing Tang (Senior Nurse) visited Christchurch School in Ealing on Wednesday 19th November, to help children to look after their teeth and smiles!

The children were so excited by the visit that Ms Laing, their teacher reported “one of my students brushed her teeth twice this morning because she thought you were coming in today.”

Armed with a giant toothbrush and model of the mouth, Hardip demonstrated how to brush teeth correctly and the importance of brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day. Six children volunteered to have their teeth turn red and blue using disclosing tablets. They chewed on the disclosing tablets which turned their teeth red indicating new plaque and blue indicating old plaque.

Hardip said “It was great to see how enthusiastic the children were. Their hands went shooting up to answer any questions. They also were so very well informed about looking after their teeth!”

The children also helped Wing identify good and bad foods and drinks and they coloured in tooth related pictures.

Wing and Hardip presented the children with dental goodie bags, containing toothbrushes, stickers, sugar free sweets, dental puzzles and colouring pictures.

Ms Laing said “They were all so pleased to receive the goodie bags – they couldn’t wait to see all of the great things in it!”



Hardip and Wing are presented with a certificate of thanks from the children at Christchurch school