Oral hy­giene is vi­tal ... and that’s the tooth

Ad­vice day at den­tist

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang den­tist is urg­ing res­i­dents to make sure their kids get their teeth into den­tal hy­giene.

Com­plete Den­tal Care in Whit­law­burn held a Childsmile open day last week to en­cour­age bet­ter oral health among the town’s young­sters.

Res­i­dents were able to en­joy face paint­ing, fruit ke­bab-mak­ing and com­pe­ti­tions.

The event also raised £320 for the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Although the rate of den­tal reg­is­tra­tions in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are on the in­crease, den­tists are still see­ing too many young­sters com­ing in with bad teeth.

Chil­dren as young as three are re­ceiv­ing fill­ings for their baby teeth and hav­ing to go to den­tal hospi­tal for ma­jor pro­ce­dures.

Childsmile is a na­tional ini­tia­tive aimed at im­prov­ing aware­ness of den­tal health among par­ents. Kirsty Miller is the Childsmile nurse at Com­plete Den­tal Care and she said: “It was a great day, we got a re­ally good re­sponse.

“Childsmile is about ed­u­cat­ing par­ents on good oral health. There are too many chil­dren get­ting sent to the Glas­gow Den­tal Hospi­tal to go un­der an anaes­thetic.

“It’s a big prob­lem in the Glas­gow area. Hope­fully by run­ning ini­tia­tives like this we can see a change.”

For par­ents won­der­ing how to keep their child’s teeth healthy, Kirsty added: “If they are hav­ing sugar keep it un­til meal times and not snacks.

“Par­ents don’t give their chil­dren sweets or fizzy drinks as much but there are lots of sugar in things like jars of sauce or baby food. Mak­ing your own is much bet­ter.

“Brush­ing prop­erly twice a day as well. Par­ents and chil­dren need to learn how to brush their teeth prop­erly. You don’t re­ally get taught that any­more.”

All smiles Staff at Com­plete Den­tal Care had a great day

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