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National Tooth Fairy Day drills in the importance of good oral hygiene

Losing teeth is something we all know about as we lost baby teeth when younger. With National Tooth Fairy Day on February 28th Illume would like to encourage parents and grandparents to help their children maintain good dental hygiene, ensuring it is only baby teeth that are lost.

The legend of the Tooth Fairy started in the mid-1920s, as a way to encourage children to take care of their teeth. After the release of the first tooth fairy book, imagination took hold for many children. The story that the Tooth Fairy would leave treasures under children’s pillows in exchange for their teeth helps them to overcome the mild discomfort of losing their teeth.

Tim Rumney, clinical director, says: “This day offers an ideal opportunity to ensure all children are made fully aware of the importance of correct brushing.”

Baby teeth are a very important part of child development, they begin to appear around six months and can remain until a child is 13 or 14. Baby teeth help children eat well, speak clearly and allow adult teeth to grow properly.

Even though they will eventually be replaced by permanent adult teeth, baby teeth should be well looked after, checked and treated when necessary. Children are prone to cavities just as much as adults. Recent figures state that more than 50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before they are five. However, we know this is not the case with the children we see at Illume whose parents are generally keen for them to develop good dietary and oral hygiene habits

“With the correct oral hygiene routine and more importantly diet, tooth decay in children is preventable. Since baby teeth are vulnerable to decay from their very first appearance, children’s teeth should be brushed for two minutes with a toothpaste containing fluoride that is appropriate for their age, twice a day. We should also ensure children eat a healthy diet, reducing food and drinks with added sugar, especially fizzy drinks and discourage eating between meals,” adds Tim.

If you would like to book in your child or grandchild for a healthy mouth review contact us on 01242 522230 or visit here for more information.