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When will my child start to lose their baby teeth?

When will my child lose her baby teeth?

When will my child start to lose their baby teeth, is a question we get asked often at Smile Essential Dental Practice by parents and eager children. Children start to lose their primary set of teeth, also known as baby teeth commonly called milk teeth because of their milky colour.

The age a child starts to lose their first set of teeth varies so don’t be alarmed if your child is early or late and seek advice from your dentist if you’re at all concerned.

Interestingly teeth often tend to fall out in the same order that they appeared. The first teeth generally fall out between the ages of 5 and 7 they are usually the bottom front two teeth followed by the top front teeth (central incisors), then the next two on either side of the bottom jaw, and finally, the two next to the top front teeth (the lateral incisors). Usually once these 8 teeth have been lost there tends to be a little break from the tooth fairy until the age of 10 – 12.

When your child starts this second phase of losing teeth aged around 10 – 12 it can take up to the age of 17 and it’s not unusual for it take up to 21 years old to lose the rest of the milk teeth.

Here are some other points you might like to know:

• New teeth may look bigger, especially those first few. That’s because they are!

• Adult teeth also tend to be less white than milk teeth – this is normal.

• New teeth can have pronounced ridges this is just because they haven’t been used yet for biting and chewing. They will eventually smooth over.

• Milk teeth don’t have roots when they fall out because they have been reabsorbed by the body

• Girls generally lose teeth earlier than boys

If you would like to know more about children health then click here…

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Dentistry delivered with a smile…

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I have been coming to this dental practice for around 10 years. I have had the most top quality care from all of the dental practitioners. I have had many dental treatments including braces, fillings and tooth removal and all has been dealt with in the correct way with top professionalism.

I have recommended Smile Essential Dental Practice to many of my friends and family as I feel they deliver the service you require with a smile.

Mrs Y.O, Leicester.

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7 things you should never put in your mouth…

7 things you should never put in your mouth.

We wanted to compile a list of things that we have seen at Smile Essential Dental Practice that seem to cause our patients in Leicester avoidable dental treatment to help you from making the same mistakes and landing an emergency appointment to see the dentist.

Forks – This may come as a surprise to you and we are not suggesting for a moment that you start eating with a spoon instead or heaven forbid your fingers! You may have never noticed this before but, we guarantee that now you know you’ll see. All too often at restaurants the prongs of the fork are bent slightly out of line and can chip your teeth. Keep an eye out for this and ask the waiter to change it for you.

Fizzy drinks – We are in no doubt that you know that fizzy drinks are bad for your teeth, but why? Fizzy drinks are a cocktail for decay because they combine many various negatives components. The high sugar content which causes decay combined with the acidity with weakens the teeth, the frequent sipping keeps your teeth under attack and the fact the liquid washes around all of your teeth makes it a recipe for disaster. This includes diet fizzy drinks.

Ice cubes – We’ve seen a few people at Smile Essential dental practice with broken teeth or fillings after chewing on ice cubes. It’s surprisingly common for people to suck on ice cubes. They may be sugar-free but the irresistible urged to crunch could land you an unnecessary trip to see the dentist.

Pens – Whilst they’re not very tasty this little pen nibbling habit could chip one your front teeth. Absent-mindedly chewing on pen lids or tops is notorious for creating little chips in your teeth. If you have already have had dental work done such as crowns, veneers or fillings it could chip them off, making that a very expensive habit.

Bottle and jar lids – It’s frustrating not being able to get into your favourite jar of pasta sauce or open a beer when you can’t find a bottle opener, but do so at your peril! The extra pressure you put on your teeth might cause a crack so big it requires extensive dental treatment.

Toffee – This one tends to be a Christmas a special. If you’ve ever had jaw ache from chewing toffee you’re not alone. But all that chewing could dislodge a filling, we see this so often in the dental clinic. Another drawback of toffee is the sticky sugary nature of it, it gets stuck to your teeth and causes them to be under attack for longer.

M&M’s – Yes we love M&M’s too! M&M’s are high in sugar but that’s not what has earned them a place in ‘7 things you should never put in your mouth’, it’s the hard nature of them. Again we have seen patients that were munching away on M&M’s and broke a filling. If you haven’t got any fillings approach with caution and keep in moderation but if you have a number of fillings it’s probably best to avoid altogether.

If you’re long overdue a dental health check take a look at our new patient package and get the healthy mouth confidence you deserve.

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National Fresh Breath Day…

bad breath advice

Bad breath if we’re honest is a problem for most of us at some point in our life. That nasty whiff can have us turning up our nose and crinkling our toes faster than Usain Bolt running for the last bus home.

August 6th 2016 marks National Fresh Breath Day so we have scoured the internet and asked our dentists here at Smile Essential in Leicester about all things breath related so we can help make your life a little sweeter.

There are 3 main reasons why people suffer from bad breath. First of all, it can just come down to what you eat garlic, onions and coffee are all known to cause a stench. Then there’s dental hygiene. Many people think that brushing their teeth twice a day is enough to keep bad breath at bay, but they’re wrong. Over a third of your tooth surfaces are in between the teeth so if you’re not flossing then you are leaving behind plaque and food which is going to breed bacteria and cause a pong. Lastly, bad breath can be caused by an underlying medical cause for that, such as throat, nose or lung infections and sinusitis, bronchitis or diabetes.

How do I know if I have bad breath? There are a few ways to find out if you have bad breath. You could ask a close family member or friend for their honest opinion. Or you could lick the back of your hand and wait for the saliva to dry a little then sniff.

How can I tell someone they have bad breath? Telling someone they have bad breath obviously runs the very high risk of offending them. If you don’t have to meet the person too often then perhaps just casually offer them a stick of gum or a breath freshener. We liked these tips from wikihow

Exercise good oral hygiene when you’re around them –

After lunch say, “I’m going to go to the bathroom to quickly and brush my teeth; that dressing had so much garlic in it!”

Show them or talk about how you always keep floss and mouthwash in your desk because you cannot stand having bad breath.

Or if you feel close enough to that person perhaps you could be a little more direct –

“I noticed something, and I’m not sure if you’re aware, but your breath smells a bit off today”

“If the situation was reversed I would want someone to tell me, so I thought I’d let you know that you could use a breath mint right now.”

How can I keep my breath fresh?

Eat a balanced diet, including lots of veggies as it helps to promote a more alkaline environment, so the bad-breath-causing acid in your body balances out.

Snack on crunchy, healthy foods such as apples or carrots these can help to cleanse the surface of your teeth and remove any plaque build up – like a natural toothbrush.

Drink water throughout the day. This will help your mouths own cleansing abilities to avoid your breath turning stagnant and saliva sticky.

Brush, floss and clean your tongue every single day. Remove as much plaque build-up and food debris as possible from all areas of your mouth, not just the teeth surfaces reached with a toothbrush. Also, rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash once daily to keep bacteria at bay.

Chewing on fresh mint leaves or drinking mint tea will help to freshen your breath naturally.

Chew sugarless gum or mints which contain xylitol. Chewing gum increases salivary flow and helps remove some bacteria and staining, but you want to make it’s sugar-free so you’re not feeding the bacteria in your mouth and contributing to bad breath. Opt for a brand that contains the sweetener xylitol, which is antibacterial. It helps fight cavities and bacteria while improving the health of your teeth and gums.

Steer clear of cigarettes. Smoking not only dries out your mouth and body tissues, the nicotine actually squeezes the blood vessels so you’re not getting healthy saliva flow. This combo is what disrupts your mouth’s normal functioning process and leads to bad breath. To avoid this from happening, stop smoking or never start. Ever.

Visit your dentist regularly. They can carry out any hygiene work that’s’ required or look at an underlying problem.

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