Encouraging children to visit the dentist and look after their teeth is one of the greatest things any parent can do for their child.
We encourage children to be brought to the practice as soon as their first milk teeth appear, so they become familiar with the environment and get to know us properly. Even if we only open up the child’s mouth and take a look inside, it is useful to start these habits early. We try and make visits fun for our younger patients so that they have nothing to fear when they become older and the earlier we start this process the better.
At home you should brush your child’s teeth for about two minutes twice a day: once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day. Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste, but not to rinse with lots of water. Rinsing with water after brushing washes away the fluoride and make it less effective.
Parents or carers should supervise tooth brushing until the child is seven or eight years old. From the age of seven or eight, they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it’s still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they are brushing properly and for the right amount of time.
We treat the children of our adult patients free of charge, but this is dependent on our capacity. If you want to register a child with us please contact the practice on 01628 824558.
Again, as soon as their first milk teeth appear, you should either brush children’s teeth for them or supervise them, until they are around the age of 7 or 8.
Children should be encouraged to brush their teeth at least every morning and evening for two minutes. You should ensure that the child spits out excess toothpaste but does not rinse with too much water as this washes away the fluoride in the toothpaste.