Manor House Dental & Implant Clinic is a child-friendly practice and we are passionate about protecting young smiles from their very first tooth. Your child will usually start to get their milk teeth at around 6 months old. We recommend that you schedule your child’s first dental examination when they reach the age of 2, and following this, between every 3 and 12 months. Plaque can start to form on young teeth as soon as they emerge, and it’s important to implement a good oral health routine early – starting with that first tooth.
Keep your child’s smile healthy
You are the best person to help your child to understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean and fresh. Encourage them to brush regularly (using some of the tips below) and talk to them about the effects diet and lifestyle can have on their teeth and gums.
We are here to support you at every stage of your child’s development. At Manor House Dental & Implant Clinic, our experienced St Austell dentists will provide a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, remove any plaque build up, and talk to them about their dental hygiene.
Help your child to keep a healthy smile by:
- Reducing sugary snacks and drinks
- Using a fluoride toothpaste
- Visiting the dentist on a regular basis
- Implementing a positive dental routine; brush well, twice a day
How can I encourage my child to brush their teeth?
Learning the importance of brushing your teeth at a young age puts you in the best position for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. However, we know that sometimes it can be a challenge to keep up the twice-a-day momentum, especially with young children. One of the most common problems in children’s dental care routine is simply not brushing for long enough. You know how it goes – they want to get in and out of the bathroom as quickly as possible.
We have a few tips and tricks to help you encourage your child to maintain a good oral health routine.
- Play their favourite song and challenge them to keep brushing until it ends.
- Get an app. There are plenty of online apps that make brushing your teeth into an engaging game for your child, for example, with reward charts, demos and singing animals, so those two-minutes will fly by.
- Try out a fun toothpaste. This could be a novelty toothpaste, or simply change up the dispenser, for example, if you usually use a tube try a pump.
- Play dentist at home. By role-playing you prepare your child for what to expect from a dentist visit and introduce their accountability.
Let’s talk about sugar
Sugar is the primary cause of tooth decay in children. Often fruit juices aimed at children have more sugar than a can of Coke. We know that sugar is enemy number one in terms of teeth, but children love a sugary snack or drink. A glass of milk or fresh water is always better for their teeth than a fizzy drink or high-sugar fruit juice, but you can also help reduce the effect of a sugary drink by encouraging your child to use a straw.
Confident children mean confident adults
How often do you hear of people who are scared to visit the dentist? Often, it’s the unknown and lack of familiarity that nurtures fears and anxieties. You can help your child become dentist-confident. Regular visits to the dentist for check ups will help them to understand the processes and what to expect, as well as build a relationship with their own local Manor House Dental & Implant Clinic dentist that will last into adult life.
Prevention is always better than a cure, and regular check ups at Manor House Dental & Implant Clinic for your child are invaluable for halting tooth decay and gum disease, maintaining a bright smile into adulthood.
Contact Manor House Dental & Implant Clinic in St Austell today to book your child an appointment on 01726 74748.