Picture Competition August 2013
Thank You to all those who entered our competition; it is great to know that we look after the teeth of so many great artists. The judges had to make a difficult decision and finally decided that the
Joint winners are Katie S (age 6 ) ,Guiliana T (age 7) and Elouise M (age 9 )
“11 SECRETS FOR RAISING CAVITY FREE CHILDREN”
1. Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth with a gauze pad about six month of age. A daily cleaning in infancy will get your child accustomed to the process of oral hygiene.
2. By starting early, your baby is more likely to accept your cleaning the teeth later, when it is necessary to prevent tooth decay. Introduce a toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste into the routine by the time your child reaches 18 months, or at the time the first molars come in.
3. Avoid and minimize too many sweets; these include fruit juices, sugary cereals, cake/cookies, candies, dried fruit (including fruit roll-ups) and chocolate bars. Never, ever give your child a bottle at bedtime unless it is water.
4. If a sweet treat is unavoidable, follow it up with something healthy like fruit, cheese, sugar free gum or (even better) brushing their teeth.
5. Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be by the age of two or two and half. Although baby teeth will eventually fall out, they are very important to your child’s dental and facial development. We can monitor this with check-ups every six months.
6. Have your dentist discuss the application of a sealant to protect the biting surfaces at the permanent six year and twelve years molars.
7. Stop your child thumb sucking habits before the permanent teeth come in or by age six. This habit can alter the position of the new teeth and affect speech and facial development. If you are having trouble getting your child to stop, a retainer may be recommended. Referral for early orthodontic treatment may be recommended in certain circumstances
8. Encourage a nutritionally well balanced diet and supplement with vitamins and minerals. A growing child needs this more than ever. Consult your physician for details.
9. Ask your dentist, doctor or pharmacist if you live in a community where there is fluoride in the tap water. If not, find out if it is appropriate to supplement and when.
10. You need to help your child under the age of seven when brushing their teeth. Studies show that children six and under do not have the dexterity to do a good job. Let them start on their own so they can practice and then you finish for them for a total of 2 minutes.
11. Finally, as you know, children learn the behaviour they observe. So the reality is, your dental and nutritional habits are just as important as your child’s.
When was the last time you had your dental examination and oral hygiene visit?
Children (under the age of 18 years) of parents who regularly attend the Harrow Dental Centre will receive free dental examinations . A reduced fee(50%) for dental examinations is offered to children of parents who do not attend the practice as well as to people in full time education up to the age of 22years.(i.e. 18- 22 years).
Adults are treated by private contract only.
Please feel free to contact us about any aspect of dental care