Start your childrens dental care early with us!

Here is George a new patient who is only 1 years old. He is the star of the day! This was his very first visit to a dentist and he was exceptionally good! It is important to get your children’s teeth checked from an early age for preventative care. Gold star George we will see you in 6 months well done! Please read the link I have included as it highlights the importance and gives information about starting your children’s dental care at an early age with the dentist.

I was happily surprised this month to receive an NHS news letter! By chance it is all about taking children at an early age to the dentist. I am going to include some of the information they have outlined.

As some of you may or may not know despite NHS dental visits being free for babies and children

  • Only around 21% of children under the age of two in England are having their teeth checked
  • In many parts of the West Midlands this rate is much lower
  • Nationally a quarter of five year olds already have tooth decay with an average of three or four teeth affected
  • around 12% of children may have decay in their teeth by the age of three
  • Every 10 minutes a child in England has a rotten tooth removed in hospital

We want parents and carers to take babies and children to the dentist sooner rather than later, even before they have had any teeth come through! An early dentist visit is much more than looking into your babies mouth.

  • Families get information, advice and support for caring for teeth when they do come through
  • The dentist can look out for any future problems
  • Dentists and their teams can help families get the best from tooth brushing, advise on sugar, healthy eating and drinking, teething and also offer preventative treatments.

An early visit, even if they do not let us check them first time gets them used to us, the sights, sounds and smells of the dental practice which is vital in ensuring children feel comfortable in that environment as they grow older.

World Parkinson’s day 11th of April

This is the biggest opportunity each year to reach more people that are affected by this disease and help to change peoples attitude to those who live with this.

Here at Yew Tree we are lucky enough to have a wide range of patients. It is important to us to recognize signs and any differences. We want ALL of our patients, young and old to feel valued and taken care of.

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord, and controls everything you do, including moving. A person with Parkinson’s disease gradually loses the ability to totally control body movements. Mostly, it’s adults who get this disease.

What Are the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors or trembling (shaking hands are often the most telltale signs of it); difficulty maintaining balance and coordination; trouble standing or walking; stiffness; and general slowness.

Over time, a person with Parkinson’s may have trouble smiling, talking, or swallowing. Their faces may appear flat and without expression, but people with Parkinson’s continue to have feelings — even though their faces don’t always show it. Sometimes people with the disease can have trouble with thinking and remembering too.

Because of problems with balance, some people with Parkinson’s have to use a walking aids. We have an accesable surgery and are always open to ideas to improve anything we can for you to visit us independently. Some people with Parkinson’s may also feel sad or depressed and lose interest in the things they used to like to do. Which is another reason why it is important to make sure if your mother, father, aunt etc has Parkinson’s you help them keep up with their regular dental visits. They have enough to deal with and may not even think to book their examinations. Also they may not have the most diligent regime with their oral health. Help us to help them.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear gradually and get worse over time. But because Parkinson’s disease usually develops slowly, most people who have it can live a long and relatively healthy life.

What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?

In the very deep parts of the brain, there is a collection of nerve cells that help control movement, known as the basal ganglia (say: BAY-sul GAN-glee-ah). In a person with Parkinson’s disease, these nerve cells are damaged and do not work as well as they should.

These nerve cells make and use a brain chemical called dopamine (say: DOH-puh-meen) to send messages to other parts of the brain to coordinate body movements. When someone has Parkinson’s disease, dopamine levels are low. So, the body doesn’t get the right messages it needs to move normally.

Experts agree that low dopamine levels in the brain cause the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but no one really knows why the nerve cells that produce dopamine get damaged and die.

Who Gets Parkinson’s Disease?

Every hour 2 people are told they have Parkinson’s and both men and women can get it. An estimated number of people that had been diagnosed in 2018 was 145,000 in the UK alone. That is about 1 adult in every 350.  Symptoms usually appear when someone is older than 50 and it becomes more common as people get older but younger people can get it too. Micheal J Fox was diagnosed with it when he was only 29!

Many people wonder if you’re more likely to get Parkinson’s disease if you have a relative who has it. Although the role that hereditary plays isn’t completely understood, we do know that if a close relative like a parent, brother, or sister has Parkinson’s, there is a greater chance of developing the disease.

Although this information can be a lot to take in and it may not be as happy and heart warming as growing sunflowers. It is important to cover all aspects of our patients interests and monthly National Days. In particular last year when I did cover this briefly I had many of our patients who felt that they wanted to let me know they had enjoyed not only the links I had included but my own thoughts.

Happy Easter to all of our patients
Plant a sunflower and watch it grow!
This Easter we have given our children patients sunflower seeds to grow.
Here are sisters Ruby and Gracie. We will look forward to seeing pictures of your sunflowers girls

Here is Brandon he also has his seeds to grow. We are pleased so many parents booked their children in advance to ensure they had appointments over the Easter holiday.
Thanks to all of you for taking part

Some Dates for next month 

We have our practice team building day the 9th of May
Mental Health Awareness week 13th to 19th May
National walking month

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