Healthy Habits For Healthy Teeth
Five Nasty Habits That Wreck Your Teeth
Dr. Chig Amin, Owner and dentist of Epsom Dental Surgery. Dr. Amin shares his advice and tips on how Five Habits That Wreck Your Teeth.
Chewing Ice Cubes
Nothing beats an ice cold drink on a scorching hot day, but when it comes to the last few sips, it is always tempting to chew on those few remaining ice cubes sitting at the bottom of the glass. Together with the cool temperature and the rock solid texture, crushing on ice cubes can chip away at your tooth enamel, causing your teeth to become exposed to sugars and acids. Crunching on ice cubes can even cause your teeth to break or crack.
Instead, suck on the ice cube between your lips and avoid touching it with your teeth. That way, you are at less risk of damaging your teeth.
Using Your Teeth As Tools
Whether it is a sugar sachet or a bottle cap, using your teeth as a tool can potentially cause them to crack or chip. Make sure you have bottle openers or scissors handy. The bottom line is that your teeth are there to help you eat and talk, so avoid ripping price tags from new garments or tearing off a piece of cello tape with your teeth.
Holding Objects Between Your Teeth
When you are working or writing and you come to a thinking point, avoid putting anything in your mouth. This can be a subconscious habit, but one with potentially harmful consequences. If you feel that you have come to a pause in your work, put down your pen, pencil or glasses to prevent yourself from giving into temptation.
Nail Biting And Thumb Sucking
Thumb sucking is more of an issue for children, however it can be a habit that continues into adulthood. Either way, both nail biting and thumb sucking can not only damage your teeth or cause them to misalign; the biggest concern is what these habits can do to your oral hygiene. If you think back to everything you have done over the course of the day, as well as counting the number of times you washed your hands, you might just consider giving up these bad habits.
These habits are hard to break. Nevertheless, they can be broken. If you are a nail biter, make sure and cut your nails short so you don’t feel the urge to chew. Keep your hands busy: play with a bouncy ball or download a game on your phone. Every time you feel the urge to bite or suck, give your hands something to do. Alternatively, if you are an adult thumb sucker, seek therapy or hypnosis
Grinding, also known as bruxism, can wear down your teeth over time and even affect your gums. Bruxism can be triggered emotionally, environmentally or by sleep disorders. It can also cause cracks or chips in your teeth if it goes undiagnosed for a long period of time.
If you grind your teeth when you sleep, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. This will prevent your teeth and gums from becoming worn. Alternatively, if it is anxiety that is causing you to grind, practicing yoga or deep breathing can help you to relieve everyday stress, which in turn can prevent bruxism
Dr. Chig Amin is the principal dentist of the Epsom Dental Centre. Dr. Amin practices gentle dentistry and ensures that all of his patients receive the dental care that best meets their needs.
Tips for relieving teething pain
Teething usually begins when your baby is about six months old. This is when their milk teeth, also called the primary teeth, begin to erupt from the gums. Here, Dr. Chig Amin, of the Epsom Dental Centre, shares his top tips for relieving teething pain.
Your child should have all twenty of their primary teeth by around the time he or she is three years old. Teething can be a very uncomfortable time for a baby due to the soreness or swelling of the gums. Cold and pressure applied to the gums can help to relieve the swelling and pain.
Pressure and Chilled Things
Just like any other physical ailment, applying something cold onto the gums will help to reduce swelling and numb the pain. Put a wet muslin cloth into a freezer bag and chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. When the cloth is chilled to a comfortable temperature, give it to your baby to munch on. Alternatively, wrap a corner of the cloth around your index finger and gently massage the gums. If your baby has started eating solids, give him or her a mesh dummy with chilled fruit. Again, your baby can enjoy chewing away at a cool, hard item.
Remember that excessive dribbling causes irritable skin on the chin, neck and chest. Try to keep the skin as dry as possible by using a bib and changing wet clothes. If your baby does develop dry, chapped skin, gently apply some barrier cream onto the irritated area.
After disinfecting your baby’s dummy, put it on a covered tray and leave it to chill in the refrigerator. Again, your baby can enjoy sucking and chewing on a chilled toy.
Teething rings are also a great option for cooling and applying pressure to the gums. Teething rings, or teethers, are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. Most are fridge-friendly so your baby can gnaw away on them, chilled or at room temperature. Liquid-filled teethers are also a good option for chilling, but be careful of leakage.
Medicine And Pain Killers
Squeeze a pea-sized amount of teething gel onto your index finger and gently massage it into the gums. Teething gels or granules are ideal for providing fast relief. Infant medicines are meticulously measured out with the correct amount of medication to relieve teething pain. Again, these infant medicines can help relieve soreness and swelling, as well as helping them sleep better.
the tooth fairy around the world
The Tooth Fairy
We’re all familiar with the legend of the tooth fairy: once a child’s tooth has fallen out they are to place it under their pillow for the tooth fairy to collect. When they wake in the morning they will find the tooth is no longer there, but instead a coin has been left for the child to enjoy. But, as we’re about to find out, the tooth fairy isn’t found in every country around the world…
Raton De Los Dientes (The Tooth Mouse)
While the tooth fairy visits most English-speaking countries, the tooth mouse is her friendly Spanish-speaking counterpart. The mouse, mostly referred to as Ratoncito Perez, tends to be found in Spain, and other Spanish-speaking countries such as Argentina, Colombia and Peru. Ratoncito Perez scurries into the rooms of the sleeping child and collects their tooth in exchange for a small fee or gift. This much-loved mythical character even has a museum dedicated to him in Madrid.
France too has its own version of the tooth mouse, known as La Bonne Petite Souris. As with Ratoncito Perez, La Bonne Petite Souris takes the teeth from under the pillow and leaves some cash or controversially a sweet.
Throwing the Teeth
This custom is adapted depending on each culture, but the symbolic meaning is the same – to encourage strong and healthy teeth to sprout. Japanese children would throw the teeth from the lower jaw straight up into the air and the teeth from the upper jaw straight and down to the ground. This is how they want their new teeth to grow – straight and even.
Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Iraq also have a similar tooth-throwing tradition, however they throw their tooth to the sun as a gift to the sun god in exchange for stronger and better teeth the second time round.
Feed Them to the Dogs
Mongolia’s tradition is a little less mythical. Rather than leaving the tooth for an inconspicuous evening-dweller, the children of Mongolia take the tooth and place it in some fat before feeding it to their dog. The idea of this is that their adult teeth can be as strong as their dog’s teeth once they have sprouted. If the child does not have a dog, they will then bury the tooth so that the new set of teeth will have strong roots like the trees.
If you would like to learn more about dentistry for children, including how dummies can affect your child’s teeth, please call us at Epsom Dental on 01372 720650 and book yourself in for an appointment with one of our highly trained and experienced dental practitioners. We pride ourselves on being delicate and gentle with all our clients.
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Thousands Of England’s Children Are Taken To Hospital For Tooth Extraction.- how do you stop this @EpsomDental
A recent article in a national newspaper Thousands of children have decayed teeth out in hospital.
We wondered why it is increasing – so we asked local dentist Chig Amin of Epsom Dental Centre why it is happening, and more importantly, what parents can do to ensure their children do not have to go through this:
“According to the latest statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), England’s hospitals have seen an increased number of children’s admissions for severe tooth decay over the past four years.
The statistics conclude that there have been 128,558 cases of children aged 10 or under requiring emergency tooth extraction since 2011.
Furthermore, between 1st April 2014 to 31st March the following year, on call doctors performed tooth extractions on 14,445 children aged five or under. During the same time period, there were 19,336 cases of children aged between six and 10 who endured the same in-hospital procedure.
The reports also mention that this 10% rise in hospital admissions for tooth decay has “a strong correlation between area deprivation and the rate of tooth extraction”. In North West England there were 6,672 cases while London’s hospitals treated the most children in England with 8,362 cases.
The report goes on to explain that the children who had undergone a hospital tooth extraction have been “missed in primary care dentistry as the tooth decay is severe enough that they need hospital treatment, therefore it is likely that they have not regularly attended the dentist”. The authors of the report then go on to explain that “if they (the children) had gone to the dentist, their tooth decay should have been picked up earlier and not reached the stage of extraction.”
The authors then go on to point out the severity of the situation stating that; “The treatment occurring in secondary care implies the children are having their teeth extracted under general anesthetic and means that tooth decay has reached extreme levels.”
Regular dental check-ups are advised in order to prevent such extreme cases from occurring. Make an appointment for your child to have a check-up with their dentist every six months. That way your dentist can examine their teeth and gums to ensure there are no signs of tooth decay or gum disease.
If you are unsure of how to brush correctly, your dentist will be more than happy to explain proper brushing technique to ensure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned. Moreover, a healthy balanced diet is just as important for warding off tooth decay as it is for keeping your body healthy. Your dentist can also give you and your family some helpful tips on how to eat correctly and what foods and drinks to avoid.
Chief Executive of the British Oral Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Hunt addressed this situation: “Around 40% of children still do not visit the dentist each year. Regular visits to the dentist encourage good oral health and provide rapid diagnosis and treatment to prevent children from being hospitalised due to tooth decay.”
Hunt went on to talk about how we can reduce tooth decay and improve our overall oral health through education: “The problem is partly one of improving oral health education. The Government and dental professionals need to work together to raise awareness of the impact of sugar on tooth decay and improve children’s access to NHS dental services.”
Improve Your Child’s Oral Health.
It is important that parents encourage their children to take care of their teeth and gums. Here are just a few pointers on how to prevent your child from developing tooth decay:
- Avoid giving your child sugary drinks and sweets; instead, offer them water.
- Make sure that your child brushes and flosses twice daily, for two minutes each session.
- If you want to give your child a sugary treat, the best time to do so is as a dessert after their evening meal. Do not let them snack on sugary foods throughout the day.
- Be aware of hidden sugars (often with an ‘-ose’ ending such as glucose, sucrose or fructose). Many ‘healthy’ snacks such as yogurts and cereal bars contain these sugars.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen around their first birthday or when the first tooth sprouts. From there, they should be visiting their dentist for a check-up at least every six months, or as advised by their dentist.”
About The Author
Dr Chig Amin is the owner and principal dentist of the Epsom Dental Centre. Dr Amin regularly writes advice articles on family oral health matters. You can stay up to date on the best way to take care of your child’s oral health by ‘liking’ Epsom Dental’s Facebook page.
Original article – https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/epsom-and-ewell/community-hub/blog/view/thousands-of-englands-children-are-taken-to-hospital-for-tooth-extraction—how-do-you-stop-this-epsomdental
Keep Surrey Smiling
Epsom dentist Dr Chig Amin is working hard to keep Surrey smiling.
Smiling is contagious, it improves your mood and even boosts your confidence too, so it is vital that we do all that we can to protect and enhance our smile. Unfortunately, as few as 46% of Surrey’s population visit the dentist regularly, which is naturally a big concern for me!
Seeing a dentist is an essential part of a proper oral hygiene routine, and by skipping visits there is a chance that more serious problems can be allowed to develop. One of the most common reasons that people give for not visiting the dentist is dentophobia, or fear of the dentist..
Why are some people anxious about visiting the dentist?
A dental practice, just like a hospital, can be an unnerving place for those unfamiliar with a medical environment or the equipment. Other people are nervous due to previous painful experiences, some of which may even date back to childhood. The level of anxiety ranges from moderate to severe, but the good news is that more and more dentists are doing what they can to help.
What is ‘Gentle Dentistry?’
A gentle dentist knows that your overall experience of visiting the dentist is just as important as the quality of dental care you receive. This is why a gentle dentist will try to minimise the anxiety or discomfort of a nervous patient through personalised care and new technology. A friendly, patient approach, with all procedures are explained fully beforehand can work wonders in even the most dentophobic patients.
Dentists no longer use much of the frightening looking equipment that was commonplace twenty years ago, in fact, the times have changed for the better! One much welcome advance to dentistry is the development of topical anesthesia, or numbing gel. This can be applied directly to the gums, and makes any necessary injections completely painless.
‘Gentle Dentistry’ in our community
We’re committed to making sure that local people get the anxiety-free dental care that they need. One way that we are tackling dentophobia is by visiting local schools and nurseries here in Epsom and Surrey. If young children have a chance to talk to a dentist and explore a dental practice, then they quickly see that there is nothing to fear, and are much less likely to develop any kind of anxiety. Stickers and a play in the chair can also convince youngsters that dentists aren’t too bad!
If you, your friend, or family member is afraid of the dentist, then you should talk to Catherine and Barbara, our fantastic receptionists who are happy to help. We’re available for a friendly chat on the phone, or on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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