Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900’s, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women’s Day belongs to all communities everywhere. They fought for every woman and made a real difference to life as we know it today!! Celebrate international woman’s day on the 8th of March.

Happy Mothers Day to all of our moms. Sunday the 11th of March celebrate and tell your mom how much she means.
Tell her what lessons she has taught you
What has she helped you to accomplish? Could you have done it without her?
What do you love most about your mom. What makes her special.
Remember all moms today.

National No Smoking Day is 14th of March.
Did you know?? You are 4 times more likely to quit smoking using the NHS stop smoking service than by trying to quit on your own.
We have leaflets at the practice if you are interested please call in to get one or alternately you can visit www.sandwell.nhs/quit. There are a number of services in Sandwell offering free information and support to help smokers who want to quit.

Many of you came over the last few weeks and have kept your appointments even with the weather conditions being so bad. We appreciate that so much, but we also don’t mind and understand if you find it too difficult to get to us and need to cancel. If you reply to the text message we send I will pick those replies up and act accordingly or alternatively you can phone and leave a message if I am unvalible. A cancelled appoinment can be given to another patient. As most of our patients know we only have our dentist here with us on Wednesday and Thursday and we do try our best to accommodate you within those days.

The diagram below lists the approximate ages you should expect to see the eruption and loss of deciduous teeth. The first permanent tooth can sometimes be missed as the child doesn’t actually have to loose any teeth for this one to arrive! This usually occurs at the age of 6 or 7.

It’s important to note that eruption times vary form child to child just as the individual growth rates between children vary. Normally, no teeth are visible in the mouth at birth. Occasionally, however, some babies are born with an erupted incisor (neonatal tooth), but these are not true teeth and are lost soon after birth.The first baby teeth to erupt are usually the lower two front incisors (the two lower front teeth) at about 6 months of age. They are followed by the 4 upper front teeth. The remainder of your child’s teeth will appear periodically, usually in pairs on each side of the jaw, until all 20 baby teeth have come in at about 2 and half years of age. The last teeth to emerge are the top two molars (second molars at 30 months). The complete set of baby teeth are in the mouth from 2 years to 5/ 6 years of age (when no permanent teeth are present). Shortly after your child’s 4th birthday, their jaw and facial bones will begin to grow creating spaces between their teeth. This is frequently a concern to parents, but it’s a perfectly natural process of providing the necessary space for the larger permanent teeth to emerge. A good rule of thumb concerning baby teeth is that for every 6 months, approximately 4 teeth will erupt. So, if your child is 12 months, you should expect 8 teeth.Though baby teeth are only in the mouth for a short time, they play a vital role in reserving space for their permanent counterparts. The primary teeth are crucial to your child’s normal facial appearance and the formulation of clear speech. Missing or decayed baby teeth often cause children to reject foods that are difficult to chew. Decay and infection in baby teeth can cause dark spots on the permanent tooth developing beneath it. The following diagrams below show approximately when each baby tooth should erupt and then the permanent ones. Many variations occur, but the usual order of appearance is as follows. I have printed some of these information sheets for any of our mums and dads that are interested. It is vital to your child’s development and well being that you bring your child every six months to us for regular examinations. Register them with us as soon as they have any teeth at all. We aim to make their experience visiting us a fun and pleasant one. If a child is not seen and monitored from an early age they can sometimes build up a phobia because many of these children will undoubtedly need treatment on their first experience seeing us.  

Eruption Dates for baby teeth

Eruption dates for permanent teeth

Please follow the link below to see our sister Practice Church Street having their dental education day. We have contacted a few schools in our area to have a similar day. If you think your child’s school would be interested don’t hesitate to contact me and we can look into arranging a morning or afternoon. Children get a lot out of interacting with us.

Up and coming dates for next month.
Child abuse prevention month
Stress awareness month
World health day 7th April
National stop snoring week from the 23rd April.

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