Children’s Dentistry – Good Foundations
Encouraging your whole family to get off to a good start with oral health routines and habits is so important and an excellent foundation for a lifetime of happy and confident smiles. Children’s dentistry is something we strongly support at Church Court Dental Practice.
We know poor oral health can have a negative impact on general health and self-esteem. It can also mean that an increased treatment need and costs are required in later life. Good toothbrushing techniques and regular monitoring by your dental team can also help prevent the onset of gum disease in later life.
Above all else, the stepping stones towards a confident, healthy smile in adulthood include ensuring we communicate the messages in a way that is accessible to children and not just their parents (who we know they may probably not always listen to)… it has to be fun!!!
Babies & Children
New parents and expecting parents are encouraged to contact us at the earliest stages to gain the full benefit of a great start in preventive oral health care.
We welcome and actively encourage you to bring your baby along during your own appointments so that they become familiar with us and the practice from the earliest age.
All children are carefully assessed regarding risk in relation to dental disease and our preventive management is based on individually tailored plans for all our patients. Guided by our lead dentists, the visits to our preventive team (oral health educators, hygienists, therapists) are the cornerstone for a great start in oral health care.
Carefully considered use of all the preventive options available which include:
Oral Hygiene Instruction
Use of Fluorides (professionally applied and home-use)
are considered around risk assessments and monitoring for all dental disease, including;
Tooth-Surface Loss (erosion).
Healthy, Confident Teens & Young Adults
In addition to encouraging a healthy outlook to adult dental health, teenagers and young adults have their own needs. Having a healthy confident smile is becoming more and more recognised as a need for young people finding their own confidence in the world and their futures ahead….
..bad breath, stained teeth, crooked teeth, tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, dental erosion…can all have very damaging affects. Dealing with these issues before they have a chance to get a foothold is a vital part of the care we offer and establishing a great partnership when we can work with families from an early stage can deliver outcomes of real value.
If you are in this age-group we are particularly keen to encourage and support you in taking personal responsibility for continuing to look after your own oral health and to understand the best ways to care for your mouth. This is the best way to avoid pain, big treatments and large bills in later life. If you have grown up with good habits this will be easy for you to do.
This is also the age where many people start to aspire to ‘celebrity’ smiles and it is important that you understand that the underlying health of your mouth will bring the best out of your natural assets and should be the foundation for everything.
Toothbrushing and good technique
Our team can bring professional expertise to help your child learn good brushing technique when you visit us. In the meantime here are some simple videos we hope might help…
Babies and Toddlers
It’s good to start brushing when the first tooth arrives. You can use a soft cloth over your finger until they are ready to accept a brush. Select the right toothpaste with the appropriate Fluoride content for an infant. Just use a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Children’s brushing technique
Good brushing technique should take 2 minutes
divide the mouth into 6 sections …
… and take 20 seconds to brush each.
Start with outer surfaces of the lower jaw …
… Then the inner and then the biting surfaces…
Repeat with the upper jaw.
Small circular movements near the gumline is most effective.
You might also find this website useful http://cleanmyteeth.co.uk/
Babies’ teeth begin to erupt around the age of 6 months, but your baby may show signs of teething earlier than this. From about 3 months of age you may notice your baby dribbles more than usual and has a tendency to put things in their mouth.
Try giving your baby something to chew on like a teething ring which has been in the fridge. The coldness helps to relieve the symptoms, but never put the teething ring in the freezer as it can cause freezer burns to your baby’s gums.
It’s also a good idea to use a toothbrush as a teething aid as it massages the gums and also gets your baby used to the feel of a toothbrush in their mouth in preparation for brushing. You should never leave your baby unsupervised with a toothbrush!
Your child may simply require a regular check up every 6 months so we can monitor their oral health. Some children and parents also find it helpful to see a Hygienist or Oral Health Educator for individual advice on tooth brushing – everyone’s mouth is different and it can be fascinating to spend some time with one of our professionals.
Some children’s teeth form with deep fissures which can attract food debris and are prone to decay. We may advise a fissure sealant (preventive coating) be applied by one of our Dental Therapists or Hygienists to protect the surface of the tooth and avoid decay developing.
Introducing your baby or young child to us
It is important your baby visits the dentist regularly-every six months unless you are advised otherwise. It’s a great idea to bring them along when you come to see us for a check-up.This way they will get used to the surroundings before the time comes for them to have their own teeth checked.
We may suggest your baby sits on your knee whilst we have a look at their teeth. Visits to see us should be a fun experience for children. We find that most children respond well to this approach and it’s a great start in caring for their mouths.
Don’t be at all concerned if your baby/toddler refuses to let the dentist have a look at their teeth. It is quite normal for young children to behave in this way especially when it’s something new to them. We believe in a gentle approach and can still give valuable advice about their care at home.
You can always bring them back again on another day when they will probably feel happier about letting us have a look – when they may feel more at ease.
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