February 2, 2015

Keeping Your Children Healthy in 2014

If you’re busy wrapping presents to go under the tree and planning Christmas dinner for the family, you may have also started thinking ahead and making resolutions for 2015. Many of us make a vow to live a healthier and happier life in the New Year and if you want to make positive changes to your family’s health next year, here are some simple ways to keep children healthy:

Encourage healthy eating

Diet plays such an important role in adult and children’s health, and it’s really beneficial for children to enjoy a healthy and balanced diet from an early age. Encourage your kids to get involved in preparing meals and cooking, and make mealtimes enjoyable. Try to eat together as a family and offer healthy meals that contain all the major food groups. If your kids are reluctant to eat fruit and vegetables, try hiding them by pureeing them and adding them to pasta sauces and soups or making your own smoothies and juices at home. Introducing children to a wide range of foods from an early age usually helps to reduce the risk of them becoming fussy. A healthy diet will encourage development and growth and also help to strengthen the immune system, the body’s defence against infections and illnesses.

Supervise teeth cleaning and keep up to date with dental visits

Dental health is really important for children, so encourage your kids to get used to a daily regime that includes brushing their teeth twice a day. Supervise teeth cleaning to make sure children are doing a good job and brushing for the recommended time, and ensure kids go to the dentist for regular check-ups. Orthodontic problems are common in children and teenagers, so dental visits at The Frederick Dental Clinic are essential. Dentists can often spot signs from an early age and usually, it’s best to wear braces during the teenage years as the results are better and treatment times are shorter. There are now lots of different types of brace available, so children don’t have to worry about dealing with anxiety about how they look or what their friends will say about their braces.

Encourage an active lifestyle

Obesity among children is becoming increasingly prevalent and this is largely due to diet and inactivity. Many children now spend much more time in front of a computer or the television than they do running around outside or playing games with their friends. Try to encourage your children to be as active as possible, go out for family days and play sports together. If your children like to watch television or play computer games, this is fine, but try to limit the time they spend in front of a screen and combine this with outdoor pursuits and physical exercise. Sport not only reduces the risk of obesity and related health problems, but it also fosters a host of good habits and teaches kids important life skills, such as working as a team, learning to lose gracefully, playing by the rules and channelling energy in a positive way.

Promote good hygiene

Good hygiene is essential for good health, so encourage your children to wash twice a day and ensure you wash clothes, towels and bed linen on a regular basis.

 

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Are dermal fillers a danger to your health

In the last few years, dermal fillers have become an incredibly popular treatment; they are designed to make you look younger by reducing the visibility of lines and wrinkles and creating more definition in the face. Fillers can be an effective means of replacing lost collagen and they help to create more volume in the skin, which leads to a more youthful and vibrant aesthetic.

If you’re a fan of glossy magazines or you read the health sections of the daily papers on a regular basis, you may have noticed articles about dermal fillers and Botox and their impact on health. So, are dermal fillers safe and should you be thinking twice about booking a repeat treatment session in the future?

Are dermal fillers safe?

There are various different types of dermal fillers available. Top clinics tend to offer treatments such as Restylane, which has a proven track record and is made from substances, which are found naturally in the body. This filler treatment was developed in Sweden and contains hyaluronic acid, which gives the skin bounce and firmness.

Some fillers contain substances, which are made from animal sources and skin tests are recommended to check for allergies and adverse reactions. These fillers tend to have a higher incidence of side-effects.

One of the most important things to consider if you are having filler treatment or Botox is the person providing you with treatment. There is no formal regulation I this area as with doctors and dentists, for example, and this means that you can legally provide services without formal dental or medical qualifications. In the event of anything going wrong this means that it is likely that some practitioners would not have the relevant training to act appropriately. The advice from medical experts is to make sure you see a medical or dental professional for filler treatment and check that they have experience in this area. Many Harley Street cosmetic dentistry clinics offer facial rejuvenation, as well as cosmetic dental treatment, and this is considered a safe bet.

What are the alternatives?

Ageing is an inevitable process, but there are so many treatments, therapies and products on offer, which claim to roll back the years. In truth, there is a huge amount of uncertainty as to the efficacy of many products you can buy from supermarkets or pharmacies and non-invasive treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers are regarded as an effective and safe anti-ageing treatment when administered by trained professionals who know what they are doing and have the relevant experience.

Surgery is an increasingly popular option, but there are risks attached to every procedure and it is important to think carefully before putting your body through an unnecessary surgical procedure. It is also worth taking into account that surgery is often followed by a recovery period.

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Teach Your Kids to Love Their Teeth!

Getting your children to look after their teeth can be one of the toughest rules for a parent to enforce. It can be extremely difficult for little ones to grasp that it’s as much a part of health care as going to the doctor; add to that a widespread phobia of dentists, and a child’s love of sugary treats, and it feels like an uphill struggle!

The formative years are the most important where dental health is concerned. Problems left unchecked in childhood can cause serious issues years down the line. To teach your children to love  and take care of their teeth, follow these tips…

 

Establish a regular tooth brushing routine

As NHS Choices makes clear, toothbrushing should begin as early as possible. Use fluoride toothpaste as soon as your child’s teeth first appear (usually six months, though it can vary).

Begin by using a soft brush at bath time, encouraging your child to try brushing themselves as they get older. This will help them to regard it as part of the ‘going to bed’ routine and ensure they never break the habit.

As they grow older, supervise to be certain that they’re doing it properly- don’t allow them to rush or waste toothpaste. For children aged between three and seven, a pea sized piece of toothpaste should be adequate.

 

Get them used to the dentist

Dentists can be frightening and confusing places for little ones. If your child shows signs of being afraid, it’s important not to convey any sense of fear- and don’t ask afterwards whether it hurt. Set a good example by being perfectly calm and controlled. Whatever you do, don’t give them sweets as a reward- this sends a thoroughly mixed message!

Enrol with a good family dentist as soon as possible, with plenty of experience of children and their particular problems. Manor Dentists help put nervous children at ease, and offer such preventative measures as braces and gum shields.

 

Monitor their diet

If your child’s diet is packed with sugar and acids, toothbrushing can only do so much. Keep sweets and fizzy drinks to the barest minimum, and certainly don’t provide them as snacks in the middle of the day. Keep an eye out for ‘hidden’ sugars in breakfast cereals and sauces. Fruit contains a high level of natural sugars- this too should be eaten in moderation.

 

Buy the right toothbrush

This isn’t as frivolous as it sounds. Experts agree that when it comes to fighting plaque, a soft bristled brush is best. Small headed brushes come highly recommended for being able to reach difficult areas, such as the back teeth.

Let your child choose a toothbrush they like and will positively enjoy using. Dental Shop offers an array of funky, charming designs for kids.

 

Use the right toothpaste

Children’s teeth have very different needs from adults. The chemicals contained in adult toothpaste are often too harsh; swallowing large amounts of fluoride while the teeth are still developing can cause a condition called fluorosis (a mottling of the tooth enamel). To prevent this from happening, only buy toothpaste especially formulated for children. Colgate and Aquafresh have highly regarded kids-only brands.

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How Can My Child Straighten Their Teeth Discreetly?

One of the biggest bug-bears for prospective orthodontic patients is the visibility of braces and the fact that they are not exactly the most attractive accessory. In the past, braces were designed purely for function, to straighten the teeth with the long-term goal of improving the bite and the look of the smile. Nowadays, treatments are designed for aesthetics and comfort, as well as results and modern treatments are much more discreet than in previous decades.

What are my options?

There are a host of treatments available to orthodontic patients today and you will have a choice of treatments, regardless of your orthodontic prescription. Some treatments are designed for minor or moderate issues, while others are suited to patients with more complex prescriptions; there are also other factors to take into consideration, including the cost of treatment, treatment time and your individual preferences. Your dentist will discuss your options once you they have examined your mouth thoroughly and had a chat with you about your treatment aims, your preferences and your budget.

You can get an array of discreet straightening treatments, including Invisalign, one of the most popular treatments in the world. In the UK we have some of the best Invisalign dentists in the UK and we have helped hundreds of patients to smile with confidence.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an invisible aligner system, which uses a series of custom-made, removable aligners to guide the teeth into position. The aligners are made from very thin, light clear plastic, which makes them very comfortable and almost invisible to other people. The aligners are worn for 2 weeks and then replaced with the next in the series until the teeth are beautifully straight; they should be taken out to eat, drink and brush the teeth. Invisalign is a great choice for anyone who wants straighter teeth and better tooth alignment without the hassle or worry of wearing unsightly metal braces.

Other popular options

Other popular options for patients looking for a discreet orthodontic solution include Clearstep and Simpl5, which are very similar to Invisalign and lingual braces. Lingual braces are fixed to the backs of the teeth, rather than the front, meaning that they are completely invisible when you smile; popular lingual brace systems include Incognito and STb Social 6.

 

 

 

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Ideas to educate, entertain and aid your child this Christmas

If you’re a parent with small children then you’re probably half dreading Christmas at the moment. The kids are probably already sky high at the thought of Santa’s visit and all those presents he’s going to bring – and there’s still a couple of weeks to go! One of the most difficult times to keep young ones entertained and happy over the Christmas period is Christmas Day itself. They’re undoubtedly cranky after being up half the night, all the grown-ups are tired and having a doze in front of the TV and you’re busy wishing you bought a stop snoring surgery treatment for your husband rather than that new computer game he wanted. Naturally, it’s left to mum to keep them entertained. If you’re lucky the presents they got that morning will still have a novelty factor, but in case they’ve already grown tired of the toys already here are a few Christmas Day hints to keep the kids happy.

One of the best things you can do with children of any age is to take them outside for a walk, especially if you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a White Christmas. Unless the weather is really bad, everyone will appreciate the chance to get wrapped up warm and get some fresh air. You can either head out before dinner and work up an appetite or pop out between the Queen’s speech and dusk, to walk off some of that Christmas Pudding!

It may seem like an easy option, but don’t disregard the power of the TV on Christmas Day. The internet and adverts for Private Clinic Harley Street establishments can be forgotten. There is always a family film on somewhere and even if they’re unsuitable for your own children because of their age, there is bound to be a DVD somewhere in the pile of gifts. Sure, it’s a bit of a cop out but it’s your Christmas Day too!

Really eager mums can get a head start on next year’s Christmas by getting the children to help with a craft project. Take down some of your cards and transform them with some ribbon and glitter into gift tags or even tree decorations. Older children will amazingly appreciate the quiet time after all the chaos of Christmas morning – and they’ll be helping you out without them even realising it!

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