Doctors are not qualified to deal with dental problems. If you feel that you have a problem please consult your local Dentist.
For further information on obtaining an NHS dentist in Crawley please contact Primary Care Support Services - Tel No.: 01273 403 546.
Emergency dental services outside normal working hours can be accessed on Tel No.: 01293 518 541.
Wisdom teeth usually start to erupt between the ages of 18-25 and may need dental attention.
Gum Disease - More teeth are lost through gum disease than decay, which is why brushing carefully, descaling and regular checks with your dentist every six months are important. For the elderly who have dentures it is also important to continue to see a dentist who will look for disease of the gums and soft tissues in the mouth, as ulcers and tumours can grow with out pain and being noticed.
First teeth normally begin to come through between the age of six months and one year. By age two and a half to three, all the first 20 teeth should have come through. The first permanent teeth start to come through at about six years and they have to last you for the rest of your life. These may be new teeth at the front, replacing the wobbly ones which fell out, or the first of the large molars at the back coming through.
The most important thing you can do to help a child's teeth is to give them a healthy diet. Sugar decays teeth, and that is not just the amount of sugar but also the frequency of which it is in contact with the teeth that is also important. Never give a baby sweetened drinks in a bottle or dummy to suck, savoury snacks and fruit are much better. Begin brushing your baby's teeth from a very early age in order to make it a habit from the start. Use fluoridated toothpaste for stronger teeth. Visit the dentist regularly every six months and get the child used to the visits with you. Age 12-16 is also an important time to have checks, not just because of the health of the teeth but also for their position when orthodontic treatment may be required.
The costs involved should not deter you from regular checks with your dentist. An inspection by your dentist is inexpensive and likely to prevent more costly restorative work at a later date due to neglect. The following groups of people do not pay at all:
Children under 18, under 19 in full time education, during pregnancy and in the year after birth. Also various categories of low-income people on certain benefits do not have to pay. Ask your dentist for details.
No-one pays for treatment to stop bleeding or repairs to dentures.