Dr Uchenna Okoye believes a fantastic smile is the key to boosting confidence and with her approach of treating people holistically.
Uchenna is the official dentist on Channel 4’s ’10 Years Younger’. She is at the forefront of trends and innovations and is a regular guest of BBC Breakfast.
Dr Uchenna Okoye discussed kids oral health, teeth cleaning and why it's so important.
LauraCYMFT asked: From what age can a child use a mouthwash?
Dr Uchenna Okoye answered: Really as soon as they are able to understand and spit it out
Main one I recommend is a fluoride mouthwash once the adult teeth come through
A Residence asked: Help! My 4yo hates brushing his teeth and shows no interest in brushing himself, how can I encourage him? Thanks,Penny
Dr Uchenna Okoye answered: Easy one, buy them an electric toothbrush. I promise it works everytime! OralB do a great range
Important for an adult to brush at least once a day until kids are about 8years old. The nightime brush is the most important
secretfairy asked: I have three kids and one has very yellow teeth the others are okay. Does something happen during pregnancy that affects the whiteness of your child's teeth? Thank you.
Dr Uchenna Okoye answered: It is rare, but yes maternal illness can affect childrens teeth
It is unlikely to be the reason for the yellow teeth as it has affected all of them. Your tooth is made up of dentine which is yellow and enamel which makes teeth appear white. Somethimes more of the dentine shows through. Yellow teeth doesn't mean there is a problem :)
Ruth asked: When should dental care start for babies/kids?
Dr Uchenna Okoye answered: As soon as the teeth appear. Many people ignore baby teeth because they think they are only around for the short term. However they actually guide the adult teeth into place so if you loose any of them, it can cause problems in the future. Initially you can just use a flannel, especially as teeth just start appearing. Then get a baby toothbrush as they as small and soft
Andy_M asked: My dad still has a lot of his baby teeth in his lower set and he's nearly 60. Is it common for kids to keep some of their baby teeth
Dr Uchenna Okoye answered: It is not that common, but more common than you think :) As long as there is no adult tooth behind, I leave them alone as they can last for many many years, as the case with your dad. It tends to be genetic and often runs in families
Heather asked: Should children be using mouthwash and flossing as well as brushing?
Dr Uchenna Okoye answered: In the states this is normal. In the UK I'm still working on the adults :) If you can motivate kids to get into good habits early on, then will help them keep their teeth healthy for life
Anonymous89 asked: What should I expect during my baby's first visit to the dentist?
Dr Uchenna Okoye answered: Most important thing I feel is that they have fun and it is a great experience so they look forward to next time. I recommend check-ups start any time from about 6 months or from when the teeth start to appear.The dentist will check the development of teeth and the tissues of the mouth, maybe run through brushing techniques. There will usually not be any xrays taken unless there is a specific problem.