Family Dental CareFamily Dentistry

Our Dental team use a compassionate and gentle approach to care for your children’s teeth. We believe in making a connection with your child to encourage positive dental experiences, Fun visits to the dentist help your children develop healthy smiles and prevent future problems. Our dentists will begin seeing children as young as 6 months or shortly after the arrival of the first tooth.

Tooth Brushing

Start brushing your children’s teeth as soon as they appear, even if they are still just babies.
Brush for two minutes twice a day, after breakfast and just before bed.
Children’s manual dexterity is not fully developed until they are seven or eight, so help your child brush their teeth, especially at night when they are tired.

If your child is reluctant to brush, try using a reward chart to encourage and get them into the habit.

When choosing a brush, go for one with a small head and soft bristles. Choose a toothpaste that contains 500 to 600ppm (parts per million) of fluoride for under twos and 1,000ppm of fluoride for older children.

Check organic toothpastes before buying since many don’t contain any fluoride.

For babies under six months, do not use any toothpaste, just brush gently.

Snacking Advice

Dental cavities form when plaque and sugar build up on the tooth over time.

The bacteria in the plaque break down the sugar, producing acid which attacks the tooth tissue.

The important thing to remember is it isn’t the quantity but the frequency of sugar intake that counts.

Every time we eat something sugary the mouth undergoes an acid attack for 45 minutes, before the saliva has a chance to neutralise it.

Teeth can cope with acid attacks up to five times a day, so try to limit children to three meals and two snacks.

Many parents make the mistake of offering their kids so-called healthy snacks which are actually packed with natural but no less damaging sugars.

For example, dried fruits such as raisins have a high concentration of sugar and stick to the tooth surface.

Other foods with hidden sugars include ketchup and some flavoured crisps.

Try to stick to savoury snacks such as cheese, which neutralises acid in the mouth.

Other recommended foods include fresh fruit, rice cakes and savoury sandwiches.

Try to avoid fizzy drinks and fruit juice, even diluted.

If you can’t cut them out completely, make sure they are only drunk with or immediately after a main meal, when the mouth will already be undergoing an acid attack anyway.

Don’t let your youngster keep going back to a cup of juice and sipping it throughout the day. This just prolongs the acid attack on their teeth.

The best drinks for children are water or milk from a cup.

Bottle Advice

As far as toothcare goes, it is best to wean children off drinking milk from bottles or breastfeeding by the age of one. This is because the sucking and pooling effect of drinking milk in this way is a cause of tooth decay.

Never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk. Saliva flow is reduced when we sleep, so the mouth’s defence mechanism isn’t as effective at neutralising the acid formed when sugar in the milk is broken down.

Having a drink of milk before bed from a cup is fine as long as you make sure your child’s teeth are brushed afterwards.

A standard drinking cup is the best option as soon as toddlers are ready. In the meantime, cups with built-in straws are better than anything with a spout when giving them juice, as there is less contact with the teeth.

 

 

 

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Saturday and evenings by appointment telephone:
0151 3365555


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