Preventing Teeth Removal

Preventing Teeth Removal

Since 2012, the NHS has spent over £165 million on teeth removal in a hospital environment for patients of all ages. That’s an amazing amount of money!

In 2017, over 42, 000 children were admitted for a general anaesthetic procedure, to extract teeth that were affected by decay. The issue also touches adults. The most common cause of tooth decay, in the UK, is our increasingly high consumption of sugar. Ultimately, with 170 operations a day to remove teeth in patients aged 18 or under, there’s no denying that the UK is going through a dramatic oral health crisis. We all need to ensure that we help our children develop positive habits, both in the bathroom and in the kitchen if we want to help reduce some of these teeth removal operations.tooth removal, teeth, oral hygiene

Mouth Hygiene isn’t Optional

First of all, it’s never too early to introduce a healthy routine. Good oral health is detrimental to your well-being and your lifestyle. Ultimately, we all know what causes tooth decay: sugar. Indeed, sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth and increases the risk of plaque formation, which is when your teeth can get damaged. Consequently, it’s essential to brush your teeth at least twice a day to make sure that bacteria can’t affect your smile. Floss should be a daily occurrence too as it eliminates the food that might otherwise get stuck between your teeth and lead to plaque formation. 

Too Ashamed to Smile?

Unfortunately, cavities can still happen, especially if you’ve developed bad habits in the past. When plaque bacteria have softened the enamel, a hole can appear. A dentist can help you to identify the best treatment for your problem. In most cases, filling the cavity is sufficient. However, if the root is infected, the treatment could be extensive and require extraction. If this is the case, you need to act quickly. You can cover the extracted area with a veneer solution such as Instasmile, for instance. Tooth or teeth removal is the last resort. Keeping on top of your dental checkup could save your tooth and you money.  

Don’t Wait for the First Tooth

Failure to educate children about the importance of oral hygiene is one of the leading causes of extraction in young patients. Indeed, while sugar can provide a favourable terrain for plaque formation, it could be prevented through tooth brushing. But, you need to introduce a mouth health routine even before your child has their first tooth. Indeed, helping to keep the gums clean in babies and toddlers can prevent gum recession in older years. Gum recession not only exposes the teeth to bacteria but it can also aggravate the impact of tooth decay, leading to tooth loss.

Avoiding Teeth Removal: In Summary

Clearly, we have some serious dental issues here in the UK. Sugar isn’t the only thing that causes problems obviously but it has been identified as a major contributor. Advice states that the best way to deal with this growing issue, especially in terms of avoiding teeth removal is to teach children early about good oral hygiene habits and to help them maintain their new and important routines. This is something we’ve worked really hard on with the boys but there is always more work to do.
On that note, if you have any top tips for boosting children’s tooth/oral care routines let me know by commenting below.


Super Smiles

This could possibly be a super scary smile but you get the gist!

No, I’ve not won the lottery (more’s the pity) or realised that I’m actually a jeans size smaller than I thought I was, this post is about teeth. A slightly random topic for this Tuesday morning but bear with me.

I’m very proud of my teeth; they are straight, I haven’t (yet) broken any of them and up until now am filling free. The old wisdom teeth gave me some gip a few years ago however to be fair they’ve been kind to me overall and so I like to return the favour.

I haven’t smoked a cigarette since 4th November 2005, I don’t drink red wine etc but I do like my coffee (preferably in a bucket with a straw) and want to keep my smile as shiny as possible. I’m not interested in chemical treatments or sandblasting my teeth so that they look like Tom Cruise’s glow in the dark set. I simply want something to keep them properly clean, looking good and being healthy. I want this for me and I want it for my family.

We’ve all got electric toothbrushes, there’s a tangle of floss in the bathroom, we use decent toothpaste and mouthwash as appropriate. It doesn’t seem enough though so I’ve been looking for alternatives.

One name which caught my eye recently amongst the new and revolutionary toothpastes and novelty children’s flashing, beeping and whirling toothbrush varieties was the Soniclean 2000.

Now I’ve heard of Soniclean before however hadn’t at the time thought to investigate further.

The Technical Stuff

The Soniclean ™ 2000 is reputed to offer that “just jumped out of the dentist’s chair” feel every time you use it. The idea behind this rather genius deign is to offer a whole mouth clean every time you use it, from whitening to shooting down bacteria.

There are also different head types available with kid’s heads and adult ones in appropriate sizes. Apparently this rather nifty piece of kit hands out up to 34,000 strokes per minute and also features a timer which reminds brushers to spend at least the recommended two minutes of cleaning each time (another feature I feel is perfect for less patient children who want to be finished so they may rush out of the door).

Soft brushes, three different speeds, a bacteria bashing mode, whitening and sensitive teeth settings and more really do offer the full dentist’s clean without anyone having to get out of your pyjamas.

Is this Latest Gadget Worth the Cost?

Having read the specs and considered the functions I assume this was going to be another one of the £200 pieces of home equipment waved under the noses of parents in the hope that they’ll fork out for their children’s dental well-being. As it turns out the Soniclean 2000 costs on average just £29.99. Given that I spent more than this on a Braun digital thermometer for the boys when Kieran was younger I was very pleasantly surprised. As with other toothbrushes it is recommended that the heads be replaced, as per dentist recommendation, every three months or sooner if the wear is starting to show.

I’m seriously considering one for us all, with our own heads obviously, especially as it is so affordable. The unit is rechargeable (unlike all of the battery-powered Spiderman brushes we’ve had in recent months!) and so there should be no faff.

To me this sounds brilliant. I’m not someone to buy something unnecessary however if it works as well as the reviews suggest it does then it could be the beginning of some super smiles in our house and setting ourselves up for even better oral health for the future.

Have you used any of the Soniclean products, specifically the Soniclean 2000? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts before I click “buy”.