Oral hygiene is important in early years, to prevent tooth decay and
gum disease. Regular Dental check-ups help your dentist to help you
prevent and treat decay before it causes cavities and toothache.
Children should start to visit the dental practice as young as
possible, so bring them along with you to your check-ups. They may be
too young for an examination but the visits helps to familiarise them
with the surroundings, the smells, noise and most important they meet
The examinations will be informal to start, a quick look using a
dental mirror. Counting the teeth and looking for signs of decay. As the
child's confidence grows your dentist will carry out a more thorough
The check up - The dentist will look at the following -
Which teeth have erupted (come through the gum).
Accessing the development of the jaw.
Looking at the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, lips and throat).
Checking for cavities in the teeth.
As the child gets older we will assess the how they bite together to check if orthodontics are required later on.
We give advice on preventive care
Fluoride treatments if necessary.
Fissure sealants if there's a high risk of cavities developing.
How to take care of your child's teeth
Oral hygiene starts as soon as your child's first tooth erupts through the gum, this is around six months of age.
Use a small and very soft child's toothbrush and a rice sized amount
of children's tooth paste. As this contains less fluoride than adult
tooth pastes; if you are unsure about the fluoride content please speak
to your dentist or health visitor.
Brush twice a day once in the morning and before bed, cleaning the
teeth and the gum area. You will need to clean your child's teeth or
supervise until they are around 8 years old.
Encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out but not to rinse with water as this reduces the effects of the fluoride.
Do NOT allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle of milk,
formula milk or any fruit juice as these have hidden sugars which will
pool around the teeth as they sleep, leading to cavities.
Limit the amount of sugars in your child's diet. If they do have
sugary snacks and drinks keep them to meal times only and give water and
healthy snacks in between.
If your child is prone to tooth decay in their baby teeth your
dentist may recommend fluoride treatment as this helps to strengthen the
Then as the adult teeth erupt through the gum, it may be advised that a
protective layer is painted onto the tooth's biting surface, which is
called 'Fissure Sealants'
"Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before
proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately
qualified health practitioner."
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