Children’s dental care tips

Dental care for children

24 Feb Children’s dental care tips

Establishing your children’s dental care routine at a young age will set them on the right path to healthy teeth.

You should start caring for your child’s teeth from the moment they erupt through the gum. Even though your child will eventually lose all their baby teeth, it’s important to take care of them as they preserve the spacing for the permanent teeth and help your baby chew and talk.

Children’s dental care tips

Babies and toddlers:

  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day (morning and evening) for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste and a small, soft toothbrush.
  • For babies and children up to two years of age, use a smear of toothpaste.
  • Take the bottle away after your child finishes drinking to avoid tooth decay.
  • From around six months, encourage your baby to drinks from a beaker instead of a bottle.
  • Avoid using dummies as these put pressure on your baby’s mouth and can cause their teeth to move.
  • Don’t let your child eat or lick toothpaste from the tube.
  • Take your child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear.

Older children:

  • Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or watching how they do it.
  • Ensure your child brushes their teeth twice a day for two minutes.
  • Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Limit the number of sugary snacks and drinks you give to your child.
  • Encourage children who play sports to wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth from injuries.
  • Take your child for regular dental check-ups.

We offer free dental care for children up to the age of 12 and reduced fees for children aged 12-18 if their parents are registered patients. To book an appointment, please call us on 01395 225600.

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