A guide to looking after children’s teeth
Taking care of your child’s teeth is essential for both their dental and general health. Southend Dental Care welcomes young patients to the practice, helping them to maintain good oral care habits for life.
Children in the UK still have unacceptably high levels of tooth decay. Whilst this situation is improving, in an ideal world no child would have to suffer the discomfort and pain of dental decay. By bringing your child to visit the dentist regularly from a young age, and by helping them to develop a good home brushing routine, you can minimise their risk of oral health problems.
You should start to bring your child in to visit the dentist from as soon as their milk teeth start to appear. This is, on average, around the age of 12 months, although all children are different, and an experienced children’s dentist will always be on hand to offer advice to parents and children of any age.
It can help your child to get used to the practice environment by bringing them along to your own dental check-up, or taking them with older siblings. By observing what happens then being allowed to have a go themselves, young children can learn to sit in the dental chair and open their mouth to let the dentist look inside.
Early dental visits help to reduce the chances of your child being scared of the dentist in later life, because the practise of visiting a dental clinic quickly becomes routine and nothing to be frightened of, whilst the dentist becomes a friendly face whom they look forward to seeing every six months so they can show off how well they have been brushing their teeth.
Should the dentist spot any problems, such as early signs of tooth decay, these can be treated promptly and with little discomfort. Early signs that a child may need orthodontic treatment will also be picked up, which means conditions can be addressed promptly and often require less invasive treatment.
Our Southend dental practice offers free NHS dentistry to children and young people up to the age of 18, as well as to full-time students up to the age of 19.