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  • child teeth


What’s in the site for me?

  1. Parents
  2. Children and Adolescents
  3. Adults
  4. Ageing and Elderly People
  5. Dental Practitioners

1. Parents

Parents are concerned about the health of their children. We provide information on dental health starting from birth. Answers are given to questions such as:
When do you start brushing baby teeth? What can be done about injuries to baby teeth? When should a child first go to the dentist? What are the benefits of fluoride?
Does diet matter to dental health? Are sweets really so bad for children’s teeth? When can crooked teeth be straightened? Does it matter if they are just left crooked?

The Anatomy section contains the names, shapes and positions of teeth. We suggest that you visit the Anatomy page as it will help you to understand this website.
A Calendar of Tooth Growth shows the pattern of tooth growth from pre-birth to age six years. See the miracle of tooth-growth unfold.
An Eruption Chart indicates the average arrival times of the baby teeth. Did you know that they erupt with their roots only partially formed? Why is this of importance?

Discover what is taking place in your child’s mouth, and the importance of good oral hygiene.

2. Children and Adolescents

This website is easy to read and understand. You may be surprised to see in the Calendars of Tooth Growth how teeth grow and erupt. They cover the periods from pre-birth to six years, and from seven to twenty one years.

You can learn the most sensible way of eating for good dental health: what foods to cut down on or cut out altogether. (You may not like this part!).

Do you know that sugarless chewing gum will not harm your teeth, and is actually good for them?

Read how to brush and floss your teeth to avoid problems. When can you have your crooked teeth straightened? Will it hurt? Will it work? Read on.

3. Adults

An awareness of the state of your teeth and gums , and how to best care for them, is essential for a healthy mouth. A healthy mouth is necessary for good general health, especially as we grow older.

Your most frequent questions are answered:
Why do I need to brush and floss regularly? Why are my teeth sensitive to sweet and cold drinks? Is sugarless chewing gum recommended?

Am I too old to have my teeth straightened? Is orthodontics only for children and adolescents? Is it stupid and vain to think about improving my appearance at my age? How are broken or missing teeth replaced? What kinds of tooth replacements are there? What are crowns, bridges and dental implants? Will tooth replacements look natural? How can I improve the colour of my teeth? What is the cause of my intermittent toothache?

4. Ageing and Elderly People

There should no longer be any reason for the elderly to have poor oral health. The effects of ageing, and how they can be treated, are shown in this website.

Many questions are answered, such as:
Are there particular dental problems associated with growing older? Should I be worried about bleeding gums, loose teeth or bad breath?

Why is my mouth often dry? What can I do about it? Does my medication affect my mouth in any way?

Can teeth be improved or replaced even in old people? What can be done about my loose dentures? Why is it particularly important for older people to have good natural or artificial teeth?

5. Dental Practitioners

This website can serve the dental profession in a most important way:

Use this site as an educational tool.
Have the website accessible to patients in your dental office.
Print the relevant pages for your patients.
A written and clearly illustrated explanation is easier to understand and remember, particularly for children. The written word and images carry an authority that reinforces the dentist’s advice.
A well-informed and interested patient is likely to be more co-operative.
Refer your patients to the web for information about, and an explanation of, their treatment.

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