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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPH) partnered with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer (OCDO) and the British Society for Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) to host a one-day conference, dedicated to children’s oral health.
Entitled “Why Children’s Dental Health is Everybody’s Business”, the conference was attended by professionals working with children, including dentists, health visitors, school nurses and paediatricians.
The conference was developed to highlight the current issues surrounding children’s oral health and the importance for professionals working with children to spot early signs of poor dental hygiene. Monitoring a child’s oral health should be a regular practice towards a child’s general well-being and it’s never too early to consider dental care. Parents or guardians should consider first visits to the dentist before the age of 1.
All professionals who have contact with young children have a responsibility to call out for any warning signs of bad health. If dental problems among children are left too late and not resolved earlier on, there could be serious consequences on a child’s future and happiness.
The day commenced with Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE, and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on A Fit and Healthy Childhood, delivering her key note address, “Why a child’s bright smile bodes well for a healthier, brighter future”, Baroness Benjamin stressed how important it was for children’s oral health to be on the Government’s radar and that NHS dentistry should be properly funded. “Children with higher levels of disease in primary teeth are at higher risk of disease in secondary teeth,” said the Baroness.
Claire Stevens, a Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester and part of the BSPD (British Society of Paediatric Dentists) Dental Check by One campaign, spoke about her week as curator of the NHS Twitter account last October when she broadcasted messages about children’s oral health to 23,000 followers. She emphasised the importance of reaching out to audiences in different ways and the power of Social Media to bring a cause to people’s attention.
Here at Brush-Baby, we are always keen to promote early-years gum and toothcare and found it beneficial to be in like-minded company. We will continue to ensure that everybody realises that baby teeth do matter.
Not everyone thinks of oral health when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but we sure do! According to statistics in the US, 50% of respondents said they receive ‘candy’ for Valentine’s Day and we are sure the numbers are likely to be similar in the UK. Although it’s a lovely gesture, it can be an extremely tough time for your teeth.
You may also have noticed that Valentine’s Day has started to become a thing in primary schools, with our little Romeo and Juliets keen not to miss out and likely to be the recipients of sweets and chocolates too.
Therefore, to ensure you and your little ones’ teeth and gums receive some love this Valentine’s Day too, we’ve listed below a few easy ways to care for them.
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day
Since our launch, the Brush-Baby team have been working hard to get parents and their little ones to brush their teeth 2 times a day, for 2 minutes each time, and it’s particularly important on a day where you’re likely to indulge in sugary treats.
Sugar feeds decay-causing bacteria in the mouth, so it’s important to keep teeth and gums clean to prevent tooth decay.
Use the correct amount of fluoride toothpaste
It’s important to use toothpaste that contains the right amount of fluoride. It stops sugar from giving your teeth and gums a battering!
Adults should use toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride. For children aged 3 and under, use lower-strength fluoride toothpaste which contains at least 1,000ppm fluoride.
Parents should be using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush, whilst children under the age of 3 should use just a smear. Eating more sugar this Valentine’s doesn’t mean you need to change the amount of toothpaste on the brush.
Floss, floss, floss!
Flossing is vital when it comes to the care of your teeth and gums, especially after consuming extra sugar. Getting right between the gaps of your teeth will remove any bacteria and food; something which a standard toothbrush can’t do.
If you’re struggling to get your little one to floss, try our FlossBrushes.
Go the extra mile this Valentine’s
If you’re planning on showing your teeth and gums some extra love this Valentine’s, try using a mouthwash that contains fluoride. However, we recommend using it a few hours after brushing your teeth as it can wash off the fluoride concentrate left from the toothpaste. Choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.
We hope our ‘tooth loving tips’ have given you some ideas on how to look after your little ones’ teeth and gums this Valentine’s Day and beyond. We can assure you that they’ll love it!
It’s been a few weeks since Katrina, aged 14 months, paid a visit to her dentist for her very first check-up. Her mum, Angela, was concerned over her daughter’s tooth after it had chipped whilst falling in the bath. After reading online about the importance of dental care in toddlers, she thought it was the perfect opportunity to get her little one’s teeth checked by a dentist.
Angela first phoned her dental practice to book Katrina’s appointment, only to be told that they weren’t taking on any more NHS patients and she would have to go elsewhere. Angela then spoke to her parents who recommended their dental practice and Katrina was able to get an appointment the following day.
During Katrina’s first dental check-up, she was open to letting the dentist open her mouth and inspect. In fact, she seemed quite happy. Katrina had been using a toothbrush from the age of 6 months, so she was used to the feeling of her gums being touched. To help Katrina feel even more relaxed, the dentist gave her and Angela a dental mask so that she can get used to seeing people wearing one, making her next dental appointment less daunting.
After examining Katrina’s teeth and gums, the dentist advised that Katrina would need a small filling to recover the tooth that chipped during the bath incident.
Overall, both Katrina and Angela were satisfied with their dental visit and left feeling at ease. The dentist gave Katrina a reward sticker, and of course her very own dental mask. We can’t complain – it’s better than a lollipop!
At Brush-Baby, we’re continually on a mission to provide more information about the importance of dental check-ups for babies, toddlers and children.
Click here to read more about the DCby1 campaign, aiming to get more children through the dentists’ doors before the age of 1.
To kick-start your little one’s dental routine, take a look at our early years’ dental care range here.
At Brush-Baby, we are proud to have strong relationships with our international distributors.
Recently our Swiss distributor, Conny Birke of Birke Dental, attended the BabyWorld Lucerne exhibition where she showcased a range of our Brush-Baby dental products.
The event, which took place on the 12th- 14th January at the Messe Luzern AG in Switzerland, attracts both expecting and post-natal mothers every year and showcases baby’s and children’s products, including clothing & accessories, furniture, education & books, and healthcare from a range of suppliers.
The products showcased at the event by Birke Dental included our BabySonic and KidzSonic electric toothbrushes, the Chewable Toothbrush and the FirstBrush.
Conny Birke, who represented Birke Dental at the annual event, said “Brush-Baby’s BabySonic was successful among the mothers, despite a lot of women who attended were still expecting!”
According to The Telegraph, our KidzSonic Electric Toothbrush has the ability to help you live longer. Yes, you heard us right. Based on a recent study, the findings indicated that brushing your teeth regularly and properly has a positive impact on general health; which in turn could help you live longer!
If that was not reason enough to try our KidzSonic, we’re delighted to announce that it has been listed in the top 7 electric toothbrushes for 2018 in The Telegraph.
The rankings looked at the best electric toothbrushes out today, with our KidzSonic ranked the ‘best for kids’, and dare we say it, the most cost-effective option too!
Reviewers were particularly impressed with it being a battery-powered brush (and we include the battery in our packs!), having super soft brushing bristles and, of course, its flashing disco lights, making brushing fun. What else could you possibly want from an electric toothbrush?
To see the full article, click here.
You can purchase our KidzSonic Electric Toothbrush (for 3-6 years and 6 years+) here or at local retailers.
Dr Milad Shadrooh, aka The Singing Dentist is the Principal Dentist and Owner at Chequers Dental in Basingstoke. The internet sensation has appeared on social media feeds with his sing-a-long parodies of pop songs including Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’. His amusing videos aim to promote the importance of good dental health whilst making dentistry fun for all ages!
The Singing Dentist appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ on Thursday (18th Jan) to share some of his product recommendations for looking after children’s teeth, including early dental care for babies and young children.
Among the products featured on This Morning were the Brush-Baby DentalWipes, a soft and disposable wipe, specifically formulated and textured to help cleanse delicate gums and first baby teeth. Suitable for babies 0-16 months, the DentalWipes help to establish a healthy oral environment and keep gums clean to prevent teething pain.
Our range of gentle and uniquely formulated gum and dental-care products provide effective and fun toothcare for children aged 0-6+.
- Teethers and Toothbrushes with soft bristles for delicate gums, perfect for babies and early teething toddlers!
- FlossBrushes with their unique bi-level, deep clean bristles, cleaning between the teeth, removing plaque not reached by conventional brushes - great for kids who are not yet able to floss, have gaps or missing teeth!
- Electronic Toothbrushes with a flashing 2 minute disco light timer to entertain whilst ensuring correct length of brushing time.
As The Singing Dentist always says, 'making brushing fun!'
Purchase with Brush-Baby and you are entitled to 1 x FREE monthly Glossy Toothbrushing Chart with every order, aimed to encourage children to brush for 2 minutes twice a day with a rewarding system including our Toothbrushing Reward Stickers. Once the chart has been completed, your child can enter our prize draw by emailing a photo of themselves with their completed chart to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Have fun Brushing!
At 6 months old, weaning typically crops up on the baby to-do list. This may come as a relief to some but fills others with dread. Whichever camp you sit it, there is no escaping that it’s the next big step in your little one’s development.
It is important to acknowledge that not everyone starts weaning at 6 months, some babies start earlier and others later. Do what you feel is best for you and your baby.
However, one practical reason why weaning often starts at 6 months is that it often coincides with the beginning of teething and mums feeling increasing discomfort when breast feeding. Please remember, whether weaning from the breast or bottle, if your child is less than 12 months old, they will still continue to need either expressed breast milk or formula to continue their healthy development.
To help you and your little one get off to a great start on this exciting culinary journey, we have collated a list of our favorite weaning tips to share with you.
Eliminating feeds, one by one
A great tried and tested way to gradually wean away from breastfeeding is to start by eliminating one feed at a time. Whether that’s morning, day or night feeds - this will help your child and your breasts gradually adjust to the new routine.
The same approach can apply to weaning from the bottle too; start replacing some of your feeds with a sippy cup until your little one adjusts to the new feeder!
Create a schedule to keep on top
If you are nursing on demand, another tip to help the reduction process is to start by creating more of a schedule, so that you can see how often and how long your child is on the breast. Once you have a pretty set schedule it will help you to know where you can start eliminating one feed at a time.
Depending on your routine and child care situation, some mums find it best to start by eliminating the daytime feeds first, keeping the morning and bedtime feeds in place longest.
Avoid the familiar
Avoiding getting into familiar breastfeeding positions while you are in the process of weaning is also said to help the little one adjust better to their new routine. If it’s possible, have dad or grandma take over a feeding or two to switch-up the routine as well.
Replace feeds with extra comforting!
Children tend to be more attached to the first and last feeds of the day, when they enjoy a little more comfort than usual. These feedings might be the last ones your child drops, but replacing them with extra cuddles and quality time with mum and dad can ensure they still get the comfort they need.
Choose the best bottle tip
If you are weaning onto a bottle, it’s best to choose one with a slow flowing nipple at first. If you use a bottle nipple with a fast flow, your child might become accustomed to that and become frustrated with the different flow rates of milk during breastfeeding… leaving you stuck in the middle! Avoid having to advance your weaning plan and pick the bottle head that mimics your flow best.
Focus on distracting
Although to some, refusing to breastfeed when weaning can seem like the best idea – it has been shown to have negative effects, like increasing your little one’s focus on the activity. If your child does want to nurse, feel safe to nurse them but continue working to distract them with new foods, activities and sources of reassurance, to help direct their focus elsewhere at other times.
Another good tip that can help avoid the weaning process having a negative impact on either mum or baby, is to start cutting down the duration of the feeding sessions.
This can be started by breastfeeding for five minutes on each breast for five days first. Then four minutes on each side for four days, three minutes for three days, and so on until, on the last day, one minute on each side by which time they will hopefully be reaching for the bottle or cup!
To wean your child gently you can also gradually diminish the amount that’s fed to them by breast or bottle, and offer them a cup with the remaining amount of milk afterwards. This little trick is a magic way to keep them hungry for more, getting them naturally wanting the bottle or cup!
Set time limits with bottles / cups
Finally, if your little one has taken to the bottle or cup smoothly, we need to be mindful that they don’t keep them in their mouths too long.
Children can become accustomed to keeping the bottle or cup in their mouths for comfort, but unfortunately this can lead to their newly exposed teeth being pushed out of place and plaque buildup from liquids resting on their teeth for too long. Start to reduce this by offering the bottle or cup at designated times, being sure to take it back once they have finished. It will help their little teeth in the long run!
We hope these tips are useful and as ever, we’d love to hear about your own top weaning tips!
This time our tips are coming straight from mums and dads who have been there, done it and got the now slightly stained t-shirt. A variety of battle-hardened mums and dads have shared with us their top tips to help all of us newbies out there survive the early stages of parenthood. We’ve chosen some our favourites to share with you.
1. A ticking clock
Breege O’Neill had an excellent idea about how to keep her baby soothed without having to constantly be nearby. She told us a simple trick she used was to put a clock with a very loud ticking sound close to her baby. The idea was to simulate the sound of the mother's heartbeat! Apparently it works a treat!
2. Warm the bed
This tip was shared by Elle Ledbetter and we think it’s inspired! - We’ve all been there. We’ve shusshed, we’ve rocked, we’ve swung and we’ve swayed. They are fast asleep. Finally you place your little one in their basket or cot... and they immediately wake up!
Elle’s super tip for parents suffering from this is to place a hot water bottle on the mattress before you put your baby down! It warms the space gently, and just before you go to lay the baby down, remove it. The rationale is your baby is more likely to stay content because they don’t go from warm hands to cold bed… genius!
3. James and Tilly Bradford shared their favorite colic-soothing dance with us and it’s called, “the elevator step!” This dance is made up of springing from one foot to another, up and down and from heel to toe whilst hold the baby in the neck nestle position. They said to make sure you are bouncing at a rate of 60 to 70 beats per minute (count “1-and-a-2-and-a…”). They found the process soothed their baby’s stomach. It also had the added bonus of giving them a little exercise at the same time! Always good for time-poor parents.
4. Sarah Tinworth told us the magic formula she discovered to ease her baby out of their colic strife. Sarah’s technique involved holding her colicky baby in front of a mirror and letting him witness his own experience. She said place your little one’s hand or bare foot against their image in the mirror and watch the intrigued baby grow silent… magic indeed!
- Remember You
5. Christine Bell told us that she wished she had headed others’ advice and taken some time away from her new born for herself once in a while. She has since gone on to have two more children and now she offers the same good advice that she ignored first time around!
Christine recommended biting the bullet and leaving your precious new-born with a trusted baby sitter (preferably a relative) as soon as possible, this way you can have a bit of time to go out for at least an hour and refresh your senses! … And by all means, accept all offers to change nappies!
- Finally, you know best!
6. Of course, not all mums want to take others’ advice all the time and that’s fine too! When you become a new parent, you find you are not short of people offering all types of helpful advice. Whilst it is always given in good faith, it is not always what we want to hear or do. Mandy North reminds us that ‘mum knows best… ‘
“The best advice I can give for those new parents on the receiving end of unwanted advice is to smile sweetly, nod politely and go and do things exactly how you want to!”
We hope these tips are helpful or that you are at least smiling sweetly, nodding politely... and doing it your way! Either way, we wish you the happiest time watching your little one grow and develop.
At week 6, the new routines of family life are typically starting to drop in to place. Memories of life before kids are but distant, sleep-deprived, memories. You’ll be starting to get a glimpse of your new normal. It will probably feel like you’ve been a parent forever, but remember your little one is only 6 weeks old!
Our tip for week 6 is designed to help you and your baby embrace a routine that will help you both adapt to your change of circumstances; after all, living in the womb is a very different experience to the outside world and it takes time to adjust! There are plenty of tips out there to help with this, but our favourite reminds us that even the simplest concept, like day and night, is still very alien for babies!
Tip 3 – Develop a sleep routine!
Setting the environment for sleep is a vital part for getting your baby to start recognising it’s time to go to bed (or cot / moses basket). In the first few weeks, we are often a bit all over the place, letting our little one sleep whenever they want to, but if their life (and yours!) is going to adjust to the normal rhythms of modern life, getting a routine in place can be key.
So, if you haven’t started yet, there’s no better time to begin than now! Start implementing a consistent set of steps that you undertake in the run up to each sleep period, both at night and at nap times. It could just start with turning down the lights and closing the curtains, so your little one starts to associate darkness with sleepy time, just like we do!
You can then start to develop your routine. Perhaps you could introduce changing their nappy before putting them into their baby grow? If singing is your thing, what about singing them a lullaby whilst feeding them? Many parents we speak to also cuddle their baby for a few minutes whilst burping them, before putting them down to sleep.
These are just ideas and it is important to come up with a routine that works for you and your baby. It is also a great opportunity to create a special moment between you and your little one; which you can both enjoy as your little one grows up.
Amongst the Brush Baby team, introducing a little phrase you speak or sing to them before bed seemed to be a favourite.
Hearing that key phrase consistently from mummy or daddy before every sleep time will help your little one prepare themselves for going to sleep…at least that is the plan! Of course it doesn’t always work and introducing routines can take time, so maintaining consistency is very important going forward!
As your baby gets older you may want to add a story, but right now it’s best to keep it brief. After all, 6 week old babies get tired very quickly, so a 1 hr pre-sleep routine might not be the most practical!
The historic buildings of the House of Parliament have seen many decisions made over the years and Brush-Baby are hoping that the hallowed halls will see some more positive changes which will affect future generations. Brush-Baby are part of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) which meets on a regular basis to discuss the importance of early years gum and toothcare which forms part of the Fit and Healthy Childhood debate. The topic on Wednesday was ‘Why Children’s Oral Health is Everybody’s Business.’
Baroness (Floella) Benjamin, part of many childhood memories, who co-chaired the group, demonstrated her passion for protecting children and the state of decay in children’s teeth and is dedicated to ‘making a difference’, alongside commitment from Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer England, Claire Stevens, Consultant Paediatric and Professor Michael Escudier , Dean of Dental Surgery Royal College, who have seen first-hand the reality of children’s tooth decay and who are determined to ensure that changes are made.
Claire Stevens delivered news on the huge successes she and her team have achieved reducing child waiting times in the Greater Manchester Area from 14 months to 6 months, made possible with the help and support of the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, who included dentistry in his manifesto.
Sara Hurley updated the Committee on the Dental Check by One and launch of the Starting Well programme which encourages children to visit a dentist before their first birthday, and Professor Michael Escudier informed how Education, Access and Prevention were key in eradicating oral decay and how they are asking nurses, midwives, health visitors and pharmacists to play a role in providing oral health advice.
Did you know?
- The average 5 year old consumes their own weight in sugar per year!
- 26,000 hospital admissions were made in 2016-17 by children aged between 5-9 due to oral decay.
- Which means twice as many 10 year olds were admitted to hospital for tooth decay as for broken arms in 2016/17!
- 78.7% of children between the age of 1 & 2 did not visit a dentist last year
- 90% of decay is preventable through regular toothbrushing , visits to the dentist and reduced sugar consumption.
Whilst our MP and peers are busy tabling written questions on children’s oral health to keep the topic at the forefront of all minds, what can we do?
- BRUSH twice a day for 2 minutes using a fluoride toothpaste
- Hold Local Government accountable on children’s oral health - ask your local MP about their Oral Health Promotion Scheme in your area, the Authority has been given money and the toolkits to support this.
- Take your little ones to the dentist, NHS dental treatment is free for children
As Sara Hurley, the Chief Dental Office for England concludes ‘Every child deserves the right to have a smile for life.’