The Value of Baby Teeth

The Value of Baby Teeth

The tooth fairy increases her generosity when collecting baby teeth.

The tooth fairy has been around for a long time in the UK and has collected thousands and thousands of baby teeth over the years.

For parents though, it is a worrying time as the fees have now risen dramatically!

According to a newspaper report today, the average price paid out for a baby tooth is £2.50, rising to up to £10 in some cases which would work out at £200 for the full set!

Of course, and we presume that children who believe in the tooth fairy are too young to read this; we all know that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist and is a way to placate a child who is worried about losing their first teeth, but it’s a great story which has endured over the years.

Baby teeth care

Whilst baby teeth, or milk teeth, will eventually and naturally fall out, it is still worrying that we see a number of small children at Blue Sky Dental who are suffering from tooth decay. This simply shouldn’t be the case, and having to have dental surgery at a young age can be very frightening for a young child and may well be a key cause in those that develop a real fear of the dentist, leaving them with poor oral health during their lifetimes.

The reality is that it should not be hard to prevent tooth decay in children with baby teeth. One of the main causes of it at this age is sugar intake. Anyone who is a parent of a young child will probably acknowledge that, at times, despite their best efforts, they give them drinks or sweet foods simply to keep them quiet and provide a respite from the noise.

Unfortunately, it is often these treats that contribute to the tooth decay that we see at our Chelmsford dental practice, and we look at a few of the ‘guilty culprits’ here:

Fruit juice – The use of fruit juice is increasingly being recognised as one of the main causes of tooth decay, especially in younger children. Whilst it can offer other health benefits, the sugar and acid content quickly erodes the enamel of the teeth. Water is the best drink for young children, with fruit juices being used only occasionally. Also avoid giving them fruit juices in a ‘sippy’ cup as this leads to almost constant sugar contact with the teeth. Drinking through a straw helps to avoid some of this.

Raisins – Again, parents genuinely believe that these are a healthy alternative to sweets, and whilst this is true on some levels, raisins and other dried fruits are exceptionally sticky and will remain on and between the child’s tooth all day.

Poor cleaning – Children don’t understand the importance of cleaning their teeth, and, as long as their mouth feels fresher, are likely to give them no more than a cursory brush. Parents have to take responsibility for their child’s teeth and should supervise brushing until the age of seven or thereabouts.

Being aware of potential pitfalls to a child’s first teeth and also bringing them for regular checks at our Chelmsford family dental practice will help a child avoid the need for any invasive treatment and will also, quite likely, set them up with the confidence to continue regular dental care all of their lives.

If you have concerns about your child’s teeth or simply have not seen a dentist for some time; please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.

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