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Children’s Oral Health Statistics UK

This blog reports statistics on children's oral health in the United Kingdom and how children's dental health might impact their general health. Many parents are concerned about their child's oral health, and for good reason. While children are often attracted to sweet, sugary food and drinks, research has proven that these treats can cause long-term damage to teeth. And it[...]
two girls thumb sucking

Thumb Sucking Statistics (2022)

In this blog, Thumbsie® provide a detailed analysis of thumb sucking and highlight a range of key statistics from organisations such as the British Orthodontic Society, the American Dental Association, the Mayo Clinic and Colgate. If you're reading this, the chances are that you're concerned about your child's thumb sucking. You probably have lots of questions: Is thumb sucking bad?[...]
Childsmile, helping reduce inequalities in Oral Health

Childsmile, helping reduce inequalities in Oral Health

Childsmile is a National programme run throughout Scotland to reduce inequalities in Oral Health and ensuring access to dental services for every child.  This is achieved by taking a universal and targeted approach through 3 elements: Childsmile Toothbrushing Childsmile Flouride Varnish Childsmile Community and Practice Childsmile Toothbrushing This is both a universal and targeted approach that provides all children with[...]
School children supporting National Smile month

Securing healthier smiles with Thumbsie®

The nation’s biggest and best campaign to promote great oral hygiene and a healthy smile is back! But this year is a little different. The Oral Health Foundation is proud to be joining forces with Thumbsie® to help children across the country achieve great oral health. We know that the importance of children’s teeth cannot be understated. Establishing a good[...]
Picture of overbite

What is an overbite and how is it corrected?

As every dentist will tell you, thumb sucking can cause dental problems, especially when adult teeth grow in. Developing an overbite is one of the risks associated with prolonged or vigorous thumb sucking.  But what is an overbite and what problems does it create? We’ve all had an entire lifetime to become accustomed to the way our teeth feel every[...]
A Healthy Smile for Life

A Healthy Smile for Life

While a healthy smile for life may sound a bit cliché, it is very achievable. Many parents have negative memories of dental treatment and want to ensure their children don’t need to experience fillings, never mind tooth extraction Growing Smiles offer us some tips and advice for a healthy mouth, healthy teeth and a healthy smile. Children who suck their[...]
Ditch the dummy

Ditch the Dummy

Dummies have their place. Similarly, to thumb sucking, they are useful to soothe newborn babies, reduce pain, stabalise heart rates and organise movements. There is some evidence to suggest they reduce the risk of SIDS in the first months of life. During the first year babies muscle movement explode in their strength and complexity. They gradually become more precise and[...]
Looking after your child’s teeth

Looking after your child’s teeth doesn’t have to suck!

Having a baby brings a mix of emotions including joy, excitement but also anxiety. Nowadays there is so much pressure on mums and dads to be the ‘perfect parent’ and often you find yourself subject to opinions and scrutiny from society to do the right thing, which can be confusing and stressful. An area people often like to share their[...]
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