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1st October 2020
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Which is why the advice, the tips, even the nagging, has to go on! Preventing tooth decay is a battle worth fighting as our children deserve to have healthy teeth.
Public Health England identifies three crucial areas that parents and carers need to be pro-active in to help children to avoid dental decay:
“Tooth decay can be largely prevented by reducing consumption of sugar in food and drink, adequate exposure to fluoride, and routine visits to the dentist.”
Sugar causes dental decay, it also puts children at risk from obesity and type 2 diabetes. Sugary foods and drinks are the problem because sugar encourages the growth of bacteria that causes plaque and damages tooth enamel.
By swapping one product for another, shoppers can cut down on the sugar children consume. Talking with children about making healthy choices is important as these days we’re bombarded by advertisements and a wide range of healthy and unhealthy products.
Oral hygiene products protect and strengthen teeth. It’s important to implement a diligent oral hygiene routine at home. Teeth need brushing last thing before going to bed, and at one other time during the day for two minutes. Remember to spit, not rinse, so the fluoride from toothpaste can do it’s good work.
Children’s teeth benefit from fluoride varnish which is painted directly onto their teeth. It’s a quick and painless procedure, done by a dental professional. Moreover, the cost is covered by the NHS for children.
As the NHS supports free oral health care for children into their late teens, parents and carers need to help their children access the treatments they need.
Babies should go to the dentist before their first birthday. The best time is when their first tooth erupts.
We usually recommend children attend a dental appointment every six months, but it may vary as each child has different requirements. At each appointment the dentist systematically checks your child’s teeth, gums and mouth, so it’s important to follow recommendations. Depending on the area of the country you live in too, your dentist is likely to offer Fluoride treatment, which helps decrease dental decay, when paired with good oral hygiene at home. Feel free to ask the dentist questions too – every question is a good question.
Remember, children who go to the dentist smile more!
“77% of 5 year old children in England now free of obvious decay.”
It’s good news, but there’s still work to do, for children to have 99% perfect oral health. And it’s parents and care givers who can make that difference. Even if it means changing habits, building routines at home, and making appointments, as well as a bit of nagging. Later, our children will thank us.
SpaDental Chard, SpaDental Plymouth and SpaDental Whitchurch are registering children as new NHS patients. If you’re a parent or guardian, call the practice to make an appointment without having to add your child to the waiting list.
In addition, our SpaDental Plymouth team are out and about the Plymouth schools, helping children to brush up well.
A new patient testimonial After the closure of my local dentist in Whitchurch I telephoned Spa Dental who made me an appointment. Unfortunately I had an abscess on my tooth before my appointment date, for which I was given an emergency appointment. I am a very nervous patient and it took a long time to build confidence with my old dentist , therefore my nerves were bad and I was in pain arriving for my appointment. This…More Testimonials
Kind words from our patients mean a lot to us. Thank you! We're very happy to read reviews that commend the Plymouth team and the dentists "excellent care" and "professional service". Recent patient reviews commend our excellent care: "In safe and caring hands - Without exception the treatment I have received has been outstanding. From the reception staff through each of the individuals involved, their focus is on you and you're fully involved in any…More Testimonials
We very much enjoyed reading the lovely Saltash patient reviews we've received in response to our recent request for feedback. On behalf of all the staff, thank you so much for your lovely comments. We sincerely appreciate your kind words, and will also use your recommendations in our planning. SpaDental considers your review comments carefully. We read them all, and use the information we gather to guide our practice so we can keep on improving…More Testimonials
A very appreciative thank you to our patients from the clinicians and staff at SpaDental Chard. It has been a pleasure reading your comments because if our patients are happy, then we're happy. Feedback about the team and treatment from SpaDental Chard reviews "Everyone in the practice is efficient, professional and knowledgeable." - HCG "5 Star Dental Care - Being in the centre of Chard, [the SpaDental] surgery is easily accessible for most patients. The…More Testimonials
SpaDental Plymouth sincerely thanks everyone who responds to our request to review the practice. We love reading all your positive comments. That said, we also take on board the suggestions you make. Because we take Plymouth patient reviews seriously, we read them carefully to see if anyone is less than satisfied with their experience and we use that information to guide our practice. Our review rating of 4.7 stars (out of 5) highlights Plymouth patient…More Testimonials
This last week we asked our patients who have visited the practice in the last few months to submit their comments online. We truly appreciate your kind comments. Thank you from all of us for your lovely reviews. Read about our new treatment for patients who have breathing difficulties while they're sleeping. Your opinion is important. Amongst other questions, we ask patients whether or not they would recommend the surgery to their family and friends.…More Testimonials
"This was my first dental appointment since leaving the Armed Forces two years ago, and having left it far too long I eventually thought I ought to try to get myself an NHS dentist. Recognizing the unique challenges that veterans face when they leave the military, Spa Dental's veterans policy enabled me to get an initial appointment and receive treatment as an NHS patient - exactly what I'd hoped for. The professionalism and friendliness of…More Testimonials
A glowing testimonial for Dental Surgeon - veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire. Veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire "Excellent treatment! Absolutely delighted! Dr Jindal replaced two veneers for me, providing throughout brilliant treatment. He advised me of the options for the veneers and I opted for the better quality ones. The whole process was methodical and precise, keeping me informed step by step during the whole procedure. Great attention to detail was given to myself and the implants…More Testimonials
Dental Surgeon and her assistant are helping anxious patients to manage dental visits more easily. High praise for the team! We know that it can be hard for people to come in to see the dentist. Here's one message: "I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your care at my recent dental visit. Lucy, I know because of your care and attention to my needs I feel so much better attending an…More Testimonials
We really appreciate all the reviews we're getting from patients who visit SpaDental Plymouth. Your feedback helps us feel confident we give good advice and offer a great dental service to Plymouth patients. Thank you! Here are some recent reviews: These two reviews highlight the importance of regular examination of the soft tissues in the mouth. "I feel... grateful to [my dentist] for referring me to Derriford hospital for a lump to be removed from…More Testimonials
We are receiving a lot of calls and messages now, and are doing our best to follow up and reply to your questions as soon as we can.
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