1. Choosing the right 5-a-day for your children.

    13th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic


    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we see a lot of lovely children and a lot of parents trying to look after their kids teeth the best that they can. Most of us believe that giving our children their 5-a-day of fruit and veg is in their best interest, providing them with good nutrition to provide optimum health.

    This in the most part is true, however the risk with giving our children fruit juice or smoothies as one of their 5-a-day is that it can damage their teeth. Recent studies show that around half of five-year-olds have signs of wear on their tooth enamel- this is often associated with the high acid content in fruit juice and smoothies. The acid in fruit juices and smoothies can cause irreversible acid damage to the tooth enamel. Juicing or blending fruit also releases the sugars inside and is more harmful for the teeth if drunk frequently.

    Most children love fruit juice and will continue to drink them, so if your little ones do drink fruit juices or smoothies try and do it at meal times, and attempt to wash away the acid with water or neutralise it with milk afterwards. If you are concerned about tooth erosion or wear of your child’s teeth,  feel free to give us a call on 01932 582949 to have a chat.

  2. Early intervention braces – give your child the best start at a great smile for life!

    20th May 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    Give your child the gift of a healthy, beautiful Confident Smile.

    All parents want the best for their children, when it comes to dentistry that means straight teeth, properly sized jaws, a good profile and a broad, beautiful, happy smile. Our aim is to be a positive influence in your child’s dental health with preventative dentistry being our main focus. We believe in teaching children to take care of their teeth from an early age and monitoring them as they grow to ensure they develop properly and in good health.

    Early intervention orthodontics helps expand children’s arches, allowing the adult teeth to come through in a healthier, straighter, more cosmetic position. This reduces crowding and improves the jaw position and the way the teeth bite. By starting at as young as 7 we are able to work with the child’s growing and developing jaws, making room for their teeth and thereby avoiding the need for the extraction of healthy teeth later which would have been traditionally necessary.
    Indeed the American Orthodontic Association recommends that all children at the age of 7 yrs should have an orthodontic evaluation.

    If you are interested in investigating early intervention treatment for your child, please give us a call on 01932 582949.

  3. Prevention is better than the cure- Fissure sealants for children in Surrey

    30th December 2013 by thecourtyardclinic


    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends placing dental sealants on the first permanent molars (at around 6 years of age) and the second permanent molars (which come in around 12 years of age).

    Why? –Well, basically there are a lot of studies that say placing sealants helps reduce the incidence of cavities. Does it mean you will never get cavities?–no, it still can happen, but sealants can reduce the kind of cavities that form in the pits and grooves of the back teeth,  on the top of the tooth–you still can get them in between the teeth and on the smooth surfaces.

    How long do they last?–Even with a well placed sealant, dentists do see cavities form in areas previously sealed. Sometimes the sealant wears off (chewing ice for instance), or sometimes just because someone is very prone to cavities. They last from 5 to 7 years if you take care of them–even adults can get sealants, but they seem to be most effective in the cavity prone years of youth. What is the material? It is the same material as used in white fillings without as much filler/reinforcing material, it’s a bis-GMA resin, With less filler the sealant can flow into the grooves better as shown in the picture above. Sometimes we use “flowable” composite which is in between in it’s characteristics.

    Does it hurt?–We like to say it’s like painting fingernails–it is just painted on the tooth–now that can be harder than you think as these teeth are in the back of the mouth. Most of the effort is keeping the area dry.

    Do you put them on baby teeth?–you can, but generally no. The enamel in baby teeth is different microscopically, they don’t seem to stay as well. It is often better to simply have regular checkups to catch things early. Also, many cavities in baby teeth are in between the teeth which sealants do not prevent.

    If you feel your child has not had fissure sealants placed and would like to protect their back teeth through the difficult years of childhood then contact Alison for an appointment at The Courtyard Clinic on 01932582949 or email on reception@thecourtyardclinic.com .


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