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How to care for your baby’s teeth

How to care for your baby’s teeth

When to start brushing baby teeth

Baby teeth tend to come through at around four to six months – as soon as the first one appears, it needs gentle brushing because plaque is a problem no matter what the age.

You might want to also softly clean your baby’s gums with a clean wet cloth after feedings. This gets them used to dental hygiene from the earliest age and creates the ideal clean environment for their new teeth to appear.

You need to supervise children’s brushing until they are 7 years old.

Also advise them to spit but not to rinse after brushing. This will help keep fluoride around there teeth during the day.

How to brush baby teeth

Here are the steps that have been proven to work best:

  1. Buy an ultra soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that’s designed for young children i.e. fluoride is necessary as it helps prevent tooth decay, but the typical brands used by adults are too strong for your little one.
  2. The easiest position is to sit your baby upright and facing away from as this allows more control when it comes to keeping their head still.
  3. Brush gently in small circular motions for about two minutes, with your main focus on where the gum meets the tooth. This should be done twice a day – in the morning and after their last feed before you put them to bed at night.
  4. When your child starts teething, be ultra gentle as their gums will be very sore.

A great tip is to brush your teeth in front of your baby as often as possible. Since children learn by copying, this will teach them to perceive brushing as a normal part of daily routine.

Teething

Teething generally starts occurring in babies at around six months. The common signs of teething include swollen gums, increased chewing and dribbling, irritability and flushed cheeks.

Here are the best ways to help your little one through this trying time:

  • Do your best to keep them distracted with fun activities.
  • Be vigilant about wiping away excessive drooling or your baby may develop skin irritations.
  • Chilled teething rings are a great help as they sooth irritated gums.
  • If your baby is in pain, good solutions are to gently apply teething gel directly to their gums.

Further information can be found at https://www.dentalhealth.org/dental-care-for-mother-and-baby

Dummies

Dummies were once a staple for babies and might seem like a good idea to help with teething problems, but we recommend not making dummies a habit. The reason for this is that dummies place pressure on your baby’s mouth and can cause their teeth to move out of alignment.

Further information can be found at nhs.uk.

When to bring your baby to the dentist

The first time to book your little one in for a baby dental check-up is usually just before 12 months. This allows them to become familiar with the sounds and smells of a dental surgery.

If you wish to make an appointment you can call us on 01438 351548, or email us at info@hydeandental.com.

 

 

 

Is your diet damaging your teeth?

Is your diet damaging your teeth?

Diet is a major factor in preventing dental decay (caries) and enamel erosion.

Sugar containing food and drink can cause cavities. Acidic food and drink (such as diet drinks) can dissolve your teeth making them sensitive and can cause permanent damage.

Most sugars and acid in the diet are in foods and drinks, such as:

  • Chocolates, cakes, biscuits, buns, fruit pies, pastries, puddings, fruit yoghurt and ice cream.
  • Sugared breakfast cereals
  • Fresh fruit juice and smoothies
  • Any fizzy drinks
  • Sugared milk drinks, milkshakes, cocoa
  • Dried fruits e.g. raisins, apricots
  • Syrups and sauces

As always, the key thing to remember is to have ‘everything in moderation’. It is important to be aware of what we are eating and drinking during the day. The frequency. Try to reduce the number of acidic or sugar attacks and you can reduce the chance of your teeth being damaged. Try and eat acidic or sugar containing foods as part of a meal.

Top Tips

  • Do not snack in between meals.
  • If you have to snack the best foods are savoury such as raw carrots, cucumber, celery and peppers, cheese, oatcakes, bread sticks, rice cakes, crumpets and pitta bread.
  • Drink plain tap water in between meals.
  • Do not eat sugary foods within an hour of bedtime.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum after eating may help to increase the salivary flow which helps the teeth to repair themselves.
  • Use mouthwash after meals.

If you wish to speak to one of our dentists please call us on 01438351 and we can book you an appointment.

Further information can be found here.

 

How to care for your teeth when you are unwell

How to care for your teeth when you are unwell

If you have a cold, flu, or Coronavirus, there are a few things you can do to take care of your mouth. Your mouth is a direct route for infections so it is very important to look after your teeth and gums.

Choose sugar free medicines If you need to take medication, choose things such as sugar-free cough and throat sweets. Make sure you check the ingredients before you buy, as many contain sugar and artificial sweeteners such as fructose and corn syrup.

Practice good hygiene Practicing good hygiene on a daily basis has so many health benefits. Remember, you should never share your toothbrush with anyone else. The flu virus can live on moist surfaces for up to 3 days. If you have had your toothbrush for three to four months, replace it with a new one. Once you have recovered after the illness in addition to cleaning and disinfecting the house, you need to replace your toothbrush, which could act as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses!

Wash you hands before cleaning your teeth It is really important to clean your hands before you start brushing, flossing or using interdental brushes. Otherwise you will be transferring bacteria or viruses from your hands into your mouth. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly. Take a look at the World Health Organisation guidance on how to clean your hands properly.

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables Over 80% of your immune system is in the gut, so when it’s healthy, we tend to be able to fight off infections faster and better.  Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Taking vitamin supplements can also help.

Vomiting Vomiting can encourage enamel decay, as the fluids in your stomach are extremely acidic. Because of the acid sitting on your teeth, brushing has the potential to exacerbate damage – rubbing the acid into the teeth instead of brushing it away. Instead, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

Drink plenty of fluids Water is the safest thing to drink and will help to replenish your body. If you’re craving extra comfort and want a hot drink, try a hot tea without sugar or sweeteners. Avoid hot water with lemon and sugar, as this is very acidic and will damage your teeth. The sugar will also fuel cavity-causing bacteria. Fluids will also help avoid a dry mouth which can also lead to cavities forming.

If you need further advice please do not hesitate to call us here at Hydean Dental Practice.

Visit our Hygienist

Visit our Hygienist

If you are looking for a Dental Hygienist in Stevenage then come and see us at Hydean Dental Practice.

We believe that a good dental routine at home coupled with meticulous hygiene care is essential for a healthy mouth. Dental hygienists are vital members of the dental team, who as well as thoroughly cleaning your teeth can provide advice on how to look after your mouth between appointments, minimising the chances of tooth decay and gum disease developing. Gum disease is also linked to other health-related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

Our hygienist will demonstrate to you where the problems in the mouth are and how the inflammation can be reduced in these areas by modifying your oral hygiene technique.

Another advantage of visiting our hygienist at Hydean Dental Practice is that we offer the latest Airflow technology, which uses a fine stream of air mixed with water and a fine powder to polish your teeth and remove stains. The Air-flow technique is not a teeth whitening treatment but will leave your teeth looking brighter.

Further information can be found here.

Call us on 01438 351548 today to book in an appointment with our Dental Hygienist.

If you have further questions you can also read the following article.

Thinking about Invisalign?

Thinking about Invisalign?

Here at Hydean Dental Practice, we are big fans of using Invisalign to straighten your teeth.

Using impressions of your teeth, a series of custom-made clear aligners will be specifically manufactured for you. These aligners are worn in sequence, moving your teeth slowly into the desired position.

To get the best results from your Invisalign treatment, you should wear your aligners for between 20 and 22 hours a day; giving you plenty of time each day to take your aligners out for eating, drinking and brushing.

If your teeth are overcrowded, widely spaced, or do not bite together properly, Invisalign can provide an effective and discreet, solution.

A defining feature of the treatment is the unique 3D treatment plan (Clincheck®) which allows us to fully plan your treatment. You can see computer-generated images of your mouth which will show you how your teeth currently look, how they are predicted to move and what they will look like when treatment is finished. This plan can also be used to predict the length of treatment.

Once you are happy with the projected result seen in the Clincheck® the aligners can be constructed. As you wear the aligners over the weeks and months, your teeth will move gradually towards the desired final position. You will need to visit regularly so that the Orthodontist can check the progress of the treatment.

Our experienced specialist orthodontist can advise you on your Invisalign journey and give more detailed information during your consultation. And if we don’t think you’re suitable for Invisalign – and it’s not right for everyone – we can discuss other equally effective alternatives.

To find out if Invisalign is right for you, contact our friendly team to book your consultation. Call 01438351548 or email info@hydeandental.com.

For further information please visit www.invisalign.co.uk.