An important intervention by parents for their children’s teeth is getting braces fitted. This often happens in their teenage years primarily because at that age, crooked teeth, misalignment and their jutting out becomes more obvious. With children about to leave school and go into society for further studies, work or other engagement, they become very
Tooth decay can occur in babies as little as one, and one of the most important reasons is the excessive use of baby bottles. Frequent and prolonged use of bottles and exposure to sweet liquids such as milk, fruit juice and formula gradually deteriorates the delicate developing roots of baby teeth. Because decay can happen
Many people are familiar with stem-cell banking from the umbilical cord at birth. Did you know that it is also possible to bank stem-cells bank from baby teeth and young, healthy adult teeth? This recent technology has great potential to enable treatment of diseases and aid healing and repair using an individual’s own stem cells in future years.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, despite also being preventable. Is dental decay a contagious disease? Is it possible to catch it from someone else? In a previous post we discussed what causes dental cavities. To summarise, bacteria (germs) in our mouths convert sugar in food and drink that we consume
Your dentist has told you that your child needs a local anaesthetic at their next visit. You may be worried and have questions. We will discuss many of the common questions in this blog post: What is local anaesthetic? Local anaesthetic is a type of medicine given as an injection to temporarily numb a specific
By age 19, tooth decay affects nearly 70 percent of all children. Left untreated, tooth decay, also known as cavities, may result in pain and infection. One highly effective option to help prevent cavities is dental sealants – a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surface of teeth. Dental sealants have been proven a