Unlike sharks, which have endless replacement teeth, humans only get two sets. The first set, the milk teeth, are around until age 7 -12 and get replaced by the adult teeth, which are meant to last for the rest of our lives. One would think that in 21st century Britain, people would have learned how to take care of their teeth. It seems the opposite is true. According to National Smile Month, there was a 19.6% increase in children being admitted to hospital with tooth decay between 2010 and 2015.
UK children drink more sugary drinks that anywhere else in Europe, and yet about 40% of them are not being taken for an annual check-up, let alone every six months. Visiting the dentist in Buckinghamshire needs to be a regular part of a child’s life, as local family dentists, such as Garden View Dental Care, will be able to teach them how to take good care of their teeth.
Bringing children to the dentist in Buckinghamshire from as soon as they get their first teeth, helps to familiarise them with the dental environment and what goes on there, especially if they get to witness a parent or older sibling having a dental check-up. Babies and small children create lifelong habits by observing and copying what they see.
A good dentist will help very young children normalise the experience by being a warm, welcoming and friendly face and will know how to make check-ups fun.
There are things that the dentist in Buckinghamshire can do to reduce the incidence of decay. As well as teaching young children how to brush their teeth, the dentist can offer fluoride treatments to mineralise the teeth against decay. The dentist can also paint the back teeth with a fissure sealant, covering over nooks and crannies where plaque can be hard to get at with a toothbrush.
Children who are regularly taken to the dentist by their parents and are taught the importance of brushing their teeth for two minutes twice a day, have a much higher chance of carrying on this behaviour once they leave home, and therefore of hanging on to their natural teeth for life.