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Children’s Dentistry

Nervous patients’ fears arise in childhood and sometimes the dental profession has a lot to answer for.

We pay particular attention and take great care for our child patients not to have the same fears.

Our entire dental team help make a trip to the dentist a very different experience.

At London Road Dental Practice, we believe in affordable family dentistry and we currently see children under the NHS if their parents are regular patients at the Practice.


 Advice for Children

Good oral health habits started early in life are the key to maintaining healthy teeth for life. Children should be encouraged to take care of their teeth from an early age so that a good oral health routine is instilled in them.

Teething

This may be painful and can continue over several months. It is recognisable by irritability, dribbling, frantic chewing and red cheeks. Teething gels or sugar-free paracetamol may relieve more severe pain. A number of gels and other preparations may help, as may teething rings, which can be cooled in the fridge. If the problem continues, and is causing distress, ask your dentist’s advice.

Toothbrushing

Toothbrushing should begin as soon as the first teeth start to appear, using a baby toothbrush. Cuddle the baby on your lap with his back against you, holding the chin firmly so you are control, preferably in front of a mirror, so the baby can see what is happening too. Let the baby play with the toothbrush so that the experience becomes an enjoyable game.

From around the age of 2, children will want to brush their own teeth, but they will need adult help and supervision until the age of 7. Make brushing fun and reward (but not with sweets) when the child does well.

Teeth should be brushed thoroughly twice a day, ideally morning AND evening, working round the mouth methodically and cleaning all surfaces. Your dentist of hygienist will show the child the correct technique. Use a small pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Remind older children about brushing twice a day, and check that they have done it properly. After brushing, spit out; do not rinse.

Choice of Brush

Children’s brushes are widely available, often featuring fun and fashionable characters to encourage use. Many have stout, moulded handles to suit little hands, small heads and end rounded filaments.

They should be changed at least twice every 3 months or when the filaments get tatty – often through chewing. Don’t share brushes between children.

Fluoride

Fluoride is important to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Use fluoride toothpaste for your child. Your dentist can advise whether an adult or baby paste is most suitable.

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