At Wigan Dental and Implant Centre we know how important your child’s wellbeing is and that is why we aim to provide the highest level of care for your child’s teeth and gums.
Our philosophy is prevention is always better than treatment.
We will ensure your children understand how to look after their teeth and gums.We will show them how to brush and floss their teeth.Instruct on use of plaque disclosing solution at home so that you and they can monitor their oral hygiene.
We follow the guidelines from “Standards for better Oral Health” a document commissioned by the Dept of Health which recommends oral health prevention protocols that are scientifically evidence based.This includes demonstration of correct tooth brushing,interdental cleaning,dietary advice and twice yearly topical fluoride treatments to strengthen the enamel and reduce risk of decay and fissure sealants where indicated to coat the cracks or fissures in the molar teeth again to reduce the susceptibility to decay.We will provide you with a summary of this document for your information.
Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce harmful acids. So it is important to cut down on how often you have sugary foods, which will limit the amount of time your teeth are at risk.
Acidic foods and drinks can be just as harmful to your teeth. The acid wears away the enamel, and will leave the dentine uncovered. This is called ‘dental erosion’, and makes your teeth sensitive by causing loss in the enamel layer.
All sugars can cause decay. Sugar can come in many forms, for example: sucrose, fructose, maltose and glucose. These sugars can all damage your teeth.
Many processed foods have sugar in them, and the higher up it appears in the list of ingredients, the more sugar there is in the product. Always read the list of ingredients on the labels when you are food shopping.
When you are reading the labels remember that ‘no added sugar’ does not necessarily mean that the product is sugar free. It simply means that no extra sugar has been added. These products may contain sugars such as those listed above, or the sugars may be listed as ‘carbohydrates’. Ask your dentist if you aren’t sure.