Children’s Dental Health
A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health in children.
You can start brushing your child’s teeth and gums twice daily from when they first erupt. Generally, a small pea-sized amount of children’s toothpaste is recommended from the ages of 18 months to 6 years old, then adult toothpaste from there on. However, always check with your dentist about the right choice of toothpaste for your child’s age and tooth development. Supervise and assist your child brushing until they are 7 or 8 years old. Try playing your child’s favourite song to ensure they’re brushing for at least two minutes – and making it fun!
Ensure your child is eating a healthy, balanced diet, avoiding sugary drinks and snacks, and drinking plenty of water.
Child’s First Visit
It is very important that the first visit is a pleasant experience; good preparation is key. Our first visit aim is to meet you and your child, introduce you to our child-friendly dental environment, our team and then establish a course of action. On arrival in the waiting room, your child can play with toys or books while you fill out a simple medical history questionnaire.
Following a chat in the waiting room, we will enter the surgery, introduce it gently and then examine your child’s teeth. If your child is happy to jump up on the dental chair we can check the teeth there, if not, we can look at the teeth sitting on your knee or a normal chair.
We will take x-rays and clinical photographs as necessary, gathering all the baseline information to get the best individual plan together for your child’s dental care. At the first visit we will also begin discussions on fluoride use, brushing and diet. During the examination, we will assess your child’s coping abilities and determine how best to approach treatment to ensure your child manages well.
Many children only need a caring approach and gentle introduction to the dental setting in order to cope with treatment. Young or anxious children may require a different approach to their dental treatment, including the need for inhalation sedation (happy gas!) or a general anaesthetic. We will discuss all these options in detail before a plan is decided upon.
In most cases, non-emergency treatment is not started at the consultation appointment, however, if a child is in pain or has an infection, we will address this. By the end of the initial consultation, we aim to have a provisional individual treatment plan formulated, including an estimate of costs and number of visits required. You may be presented with different treatment options for discussion at home.
On leaving the surgery you will be given a new appointment and all our contact details, so if you have any queries regarding the plan we are easy to access at any time.
At what age should my child first see a dentist?
It is generally advised for a child to attend a dentist for the first time within six months of their first tooth erupting or around twelve months of age.
When do their baby teeth typically fall out?
Primary (Deciduous) teeth usually begin to fall out around six years of age with the lower front teeth being the first teeth to exfoliate. Eruption of the permanent teeth begins shortly thereafter. The last primary tooth is usually lost around twelve years of age.