Children's Teeth

When should I take my child to the dentist?

It is recommended that children should go to the dentist with their parents as soon as possible. You should then take them regularly, as often as your dental team recommend. This will let them get used to the noises, smells and surroundings and prepare them for future visits. The earlier these visits start, the more relaxed the children will be.

How should I clean my child's teeth?

Cleaning your child's teeth should be part of their daily hygiene routine. You may find it easier to stand or sit behind your child, cradling their chin in your hand so you can reach their top and bottom teeth more easily.

  • When the first teeth start to appear, try using a toothbrush designed for children, with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste.

  • It is important to supervise your child's brushing until they are at least seven.

  • Once all the teeth have appeared, use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles in small, circular movements and try to concentrate on one section at a time.

  • Don't forget to brush gently behind the teeth and onto the gums.

How can I prevent tooth decay in my child?

The main cause of tooth decay is not the amount of sugar or acid in the diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk. The more often your child has sugary or acidic foods or drinks, the more likely they are to have decay. So it is important to have sugary and acidic foods just at mealtimes. If you want to give your child a snack, try to stick to cheese, vegetables and fruit. Try to limit how much dried fruit you give as it is high in sugar.

Don't give them drinks containing sugars, including fruit juices, between meals. Give them water or milk instead. For babies, don't add sugar to their drinks, or to foods when you introduce them to solids.

It is also worth remembering that some processed baby foods contain quite a lot of sugar. Try checking the list of ingredients: the higher up the list sugar is, the more there is in the product. Generally anything ending in ‘ose' is a sugar, for example: fructose, glucose, lactose or sucrose. Thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night, and at least one other time during the day, will help to prevent tooth decay.

  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer.
  • If possible, make brushing a routine - just before your child goes to bed and at least one other time during the day.

  • Remember to encourage your child, as praise will often get results!

Practice hours...

Mon:7.00 am - 7.00 pm*
Tue:7.00 am - 7.00 pm*
Wed:7.00 am - 7.00 pm*
Thu:7.00 am - 7.00 pm*
Fri:7.00 am - 4.00 pm*
Sat:8.30 am - 12.00 pm*
Sun:CLOSED

The above hours apply to Breeze Dental @ Chester Road
In case of emergency, please call the practice number for instructions on how to proceed.

Please note, *normal working hours are Monday-Thursday 9.00 am till 5.00 pm, and Friday 9.00 am till 4.00 pm. Appointments outside of this time are made by prior arrangement only. To avoid disappointment, please call first!
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