August 21, 2017 0 Comments

Babies and toddler’s teeth – do we do enough?

In this post, we focus on three issues around babies and toddler’s teeth. Do we know enough about what to do, and are we doing it?

Babies and toddler’s teeth

The Faculty of Dental Surgery have studied one and two year olds. They recently reported that 80% did not visit the dentist in 2016/17. The reason was that most parents did not realise that these young children need their teeth checking. But failure to take babies and toddlers to the dentist can be harmful. Because problems can be storing up which may lead to young children having rotten teeth. Over 9200 tooth extractions were carried out in hospitals on children aged between one and four during 2015/2016.

Secondly, research was published by Maria Morgan of Cardiff University. She found that one in seven 3 year olds have a decayed tooth, missing or filled teeth. She researched 1400 parents and found that 75% brushed their childrens teeth twice a day. But because of the 25% of parents who don’t, 14% of 3 year olds have these dental issues. Maria Morgan is quoted as saying “People don’t seem to realise that you should start early. We are seeing children aged 5-7, who are having between 5 and 9 teeth removed in one go!

Finally, there was a very interesting story in the Scottish Daily Record, this week. It concerns award winning work done by a dentist in Fife. The dentist sees newborns that are struggling to breast feed. This is because they are tongue tied. It is a condition where the strip of skin attaching the tongue to the floor of the mouth is shorter than it needs to be. This causes a restriction in the movement of the tongue. In a clinical environment, the dentist is able to cut the tissue and enable the baby to breastfeed more easily. You can read this full story here.