Should my child have an electric toothbrush?

Many parents worry about their children’s teeth and as to if they are brushing them correctly. Ideally you want to start getting them used to teeth brushing as soon as possible and even if they only have one or two teeth through, it’s a good idea to start putting the brush in their month and allow them to get used to it.

As they get older you will need to spend a little bit longer each day brushing their teeth until they are able to do it properly on their own (which is usually around the age of 7).

You need to decide which brush is better fo your child. It may be that a child friendly vibrating brush is perfect as even if they don’t move it around too much the brush will do some of the hard work. For some children, an electric brush is too much and they prefer a manual one. This is fine as long as you ensure they are spending the time needed and brushing where they should.

If you can get them to use a child’s electric brush from the age of a bout 6 then this will give them the best opportunity to keep their teeth clean. Always ensure that they are not too rough through or over brushing as this can damage their gums.

Do I need to spend a fortune on toothpaste?

The market for toothpaste products in the UK last year was a staggering 541 million pounds so are we all buying expensive toothpaste when we do not need to?

If we believe the many advertising campaigns that bombard our TV screens then we need to buy a toothpaste that whitens and protects our teeth, freshens our breath and helps keep our gums healthy too but do the cheaper supermarket own brands do the same job for a fraction of the price?

The main ingredient in toothpaste that we need is the fluoride. It is this that helps to protect our teeth from decay and most toothpastes have enough of this to provide that protection. The other constituent of toothpaste is an abrasive agent. It is important o have a low abrasive toothpaste otherwise the tooth enamel may be damaged especially by acidic foods and drinks so be careful of extreme whitening products.

Research has shown that effective brushing is a much more important factor when it comes to good oral hygiene than the brand of toothpaste that is used. Regular brushing with an electric toothbrush and the use of interdental brushes and floss using any toothpaste should keep your teeth and gums in good condition.

Finding a local dentist that you can trust

Posted on 27 August, 2020  in Dental Care

Looking after your teeth is vitally important and alongside good dental hygiene regular visits to the dentist should be a priority if you want to avoid dental problems in the future. A few years ago, it was exceedingly difficult to find an NHS dentist who was taking on new patients, but this has now changed with most towns having a dentist that you can register with.

Some people have an aversion to visiting the dentist perhaps because they have had a bad experience in the past and so try to find a dentist that they feel understands their fear and who they can trust. The best way to find a suitable dentist is to go on the recommendation of family and friends and read online reviews as fear of dental treatment is a common phobia.

When you find a dentist who you feel will be sympathetic it is a good idea to spend time relating past dental experiences to them so that they are aware of any issues you may have.

If you are taking children to the dentist perhaps for the first time most dentists are very amenable and encourage children to simply sit in the dentist’s chair and open their mouths until they are old enough to be able to let the dentist check their teeth in any detail.

Sedatives for Nervous Dental Patients

Posted on 31 July, 2020  in News

Many patients are very nervous about going to the dentist and may need some support from their dentist to help make the experience better. Sedatives can really help these types of patients, and an IV sedative can be just what they need to get through a stressful treatment such as a root canal treatment or a filling.

Many practices can offer sedation for nervous patients and it requires some specialist training. You will need to know how to administer a sedative safely and how to keep patients safe throughout the treatment, plus you will need to be able to react if something goes wrong. This type of training is a great asset to your professional profile and it will really help you to offer services for a broader range of patients, who might otherwise be too afraid to visit the dentist. Look into where you can get the relevant training if you want to offer sedative to dental patients.

Dental Immediate Life Support Training – What is it and Why do you Need it?

Posted on 27 March, 2020  in News

Some dentists and other dental professionals will need to undergo dental immediate life support training, not just to satisfy requirements, but to be able to carry out their work safely and ensure the safety of their patients. This ensures they can practice safely and carry out necessary treatments, whilst having the right skills and knowledge to provide these services. It is an advanced type of training that won’t be needed by every dental team, but it’s essential that dentists and nurses that offer sedation to patients have this training, so they can react if an emergency situation does occur.

Who needs to undertake dental immediate life support (DILS) training? How much study is required?

Dentists and dental teams that offer sedation to patients will need to undergo dental immediate life support training, with the idea being that they will be able to react quickly if a patient goes into cardiac arrest. This is a very unlikely situation, and many dental practices offer sedation to patients on a daily basis, managing the process very safely. However, sedation is an increasingly popular option, especially for people who may have a phobia of going to the dentist. This makes it essential to manage sedation safely and make sure the team treating the patient can look after them properly. DILS training will help you to do just this.

DILS certification is required as a prerequisite of your record of competence. The CQC guidelines say all members of any dental team providing conscious sedation ‘must undergo a minimum of 12 hours of continuing professional development every 5 years.’ This will keep knowledge current and up to date, so you’ll learn the latest industry best practice.

When might you need to use your dental immediate life support training?

There is a very low chance of you needing to put your training into practice, but if you do find yourself in a situation where a patient is unwell, then you’ll be able to treat them more effectively. The training goes into how to manage patients who are experiencing a cardiac arrest, giving you and a nursing team the skills to carry out airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, if needed. This will give your patient a higher chance of recovery if you’re able to carry this out immediately, rather than waiting for a cardiac arrest team to arrive on site.

Who provides DILS courses – where can you undertake the necessary training?

There are various providers offering DILS courses, so you need to find the right one to gain your qualifications and have all the required knowledge as a dentist or dental nurse. As this is very important training that also ties in with CQC guidance, it’s best to look for a course that will cover all necessary information in regards to this. Look for courses that are tied to the Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care 2015, as this will cover everything you need. A good, thorough training course in DILS will cover both adult and paediatric care.