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Why do Children’s Teeth Matter?

Children’s teeth fall out  don’t they? So why do we need to look after them? Kids get a second set, a second chance to have clean and healthy teeth so why do we need to invest our valuable time looking after  baby teeth that will be replaced anyway?

Trust me!

Those baby teeth are precious and a whole host of problems can develop if they are not looked after from birth.

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Should we be more like our toddlers?

I have a 2 year old son who is strong willed, high energy, tenacious and loud. He never walks anywhere but prefers to run everywhere instead. He hates to be restrained and he makes A LOT of noise! He is exhausting!

To many people he is a ‘naughty child.’ He doesn’t listen, he rarely does as he’s asked and he laughs when I raise my voice.

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Top Ten FREE Things To Do with Toddlers

Entertaining an energetic toddler with a short attention span can be quite testing at times so it is useful to have a few ‘failsafes’ in your pocket for when your little one needs entertaining and you’re low on ideas.  Sometimes it’s not possible to get outside, although I am a great believer in ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes’ or money is tight which limits the options available.
I’ve included my top ten for things to do in these circumstances, they may not suit everyone but they work really well for us.

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Breastfeeding and Tooth Decay. Are they linked?

As a dentist and a breastfeeding mum this is an area that I did a lot of personal research into following the birth of my son and when I decided to continue breastfeeding beyond 6 months. During my training at dental school we were told that ‘extended’ breastfeeding beyond 18 months, especially at night, increased the risk of developing tooth decay. My 2 and a half year old son still breastfeeds and only stopped feeding at night after turning 2 so this is a topic that is very important to me.
Whilst researching this subject I was shocked by how little relevant, up to date, high quality research is actually available on the subject and this disappoints me greatly.  Surely, this is an important subject that deserves to be well researched especially due to the shocking number of children who are admitted to hospital in the UK to have teeth removed.

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Why I’m not potty training my 2 year old

Potty training is a hot topic amongst my friends and acquaintances at the moment with some early accomplishers and others who are older and still in nappies.  There is definitely an element of competition and pressure to conform especially as some nurseries will not allow children into preschool if they still wear nappies.  This baffles me, as the average age for daytime dryness is 3 years old, which is the age that preschool starts.  Now, please note, that  this is the ‘average’.  This means that some children will be closer to 4 or possibly even older when they are consistently dry during the day.  I do appreciate that there can be medical causes for a delay but those are not sufficient to skew this average.

I think there is excessive pressure placed on parents to start potty training when their kids aren’t ready.  This pressure  may be passed on to the children and can lead to anxiety in both parent and child. I don’t think this is a healthy place to start developing a new skill  and that is why I will not bow to the pressure just to conform.  I will wait for my little boy to show me when he is ready.

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World Book Day! Reading ideas and recommendations for babies and toddlers

At the time of writing this, it is world book day and I have sent Z to nursery in the ‘Big Bad Mouse’ costume that I lovingly created for him (it was a VERY basic pattern, my sewing skills are nothing to write home about).  I love the thinking behind World Book Day; to promote reading to the generations that will grow up in a world of technology and ignite a passion for reading. My family has always had a great love of books and our dining room has shelves upon shelves filled with all sorts of reading material, both fiction and non-fiction.

A love of books and reading was instilled in me from a young age, my mum was a librarian and regularly brought home books for me to tuck my nose into. I always loved going to visit the library where she worked and would happily take home a stack of books to enjoy  as many times as I could before they had to be returned. Continue reading “World Book Day! Reading ideas and recommendations for babies and toddlers”

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Our Meningitis scare. Be aware!!

Meningitis. The mere mention of this illness is enough to strike fear into the heart of any parent. It is easy to misdiagnose in the early stages and can lead to permanent disability or in the worst case, death if not treated early. Both myself and my husband have survived meningitis (about 20 years apart) relatively unscathed  but it is a scary diagnosis.  It is even scarier when it doesn’t present in a typical way which makes misdiagnosis more likely. My husband and son (who was 18 months old at the time) were both very poorly  in early 2016, one of them had flu and the other had meningitis.  I’m sharing our story in the hopes that it may help someone else in the same situation.

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Top Ten Tips for TLC of Tiny Teeth

We all know that looking after our children’s teeth from a young age is important but it often feels like a struggle.  Especially if you have a wriggly, resistant two year old who sounds like they are being murdered any time you try to get a toothbrush near them (trust me! I know what this is like).

As a dentist (as well as a mum) I want to share a few tips and products that I have found useful and that may be helpful for you.

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My 2 year old is not ‘terrible!

I don’t believe my son is perfect, but I also don’t believe in this idea that toddlers are terrible or deliberately naughty and disobedient.  I’m not just talking about my son either, I’m talking about toddlers in general!  I don’t like this idea that on the morning of their 2nd birthday all children instantly become ‘bad’!

My little boy is lovely, his laughter lights me up from the inside out, he gives the BEST kisses and cuddles, his curiosity and sense of adventure make me smile everyday and I really enjoy spending time with him. Continue reading “My 2 year old is not ‘terrible!”