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Church Road Dental’s Guide to Caring for Children’s Teeth

From their very first gummy grin, caring for your child's teeth is a crucial aspect of their overall health. Establishing good dental habits early on lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to properly care for your child's teeth right here in Teddington.

Introduce Tooth Brushing Before the First Tooth


Dental care starts before your child's first tooth emerges. Gently wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding to help remove any residual milk or food particles. This will help to prevent bacteria build-up.


As those tiny teeth begin to make their debut, it's time to introduce tooth brushing. Use a soft-bristled infant toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, roughly the size of a grain of rice. Brushing should be a gentle, soothing experience, done twice a day, preferably after breakfast and before bedtime.


Regular Check-ups: the Key to Preventative Care


Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining your child's oral health. Our Church Road Dentists recommend scheduling your child's first dental appointment by their first birthday and continuing with biannual visits thereafter.


Routine check-ups allow our team to monitor your child's dental development, catch any potential issues early, and provide preventive treatments like fluoride applications or dental sealants.


Did you know all children under 18 years old are entitled to free NHS dental care here at our Teddington practice? Contact us to get your child registered.


Toothpaste for Children


Fluoride plays a crucial role in strengthening enamel and preventing cavities. However, it's important to use the right amount. For children under three, a smear of toothpaste is adequate, while those aged three to six can use a pea-sized amount. Always supervise your child while they brush and look out for fluoride toothpaste with a child-friendly flavour, such as fruit or bubble gum.


A Healthy Diet


Limit your child’s access to sugary snacks and beverages as these can contribute to tooth decay. Encourage healthier options like fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and lean proteins. Get your child involved in meal planning and preparation to instil healthy eating habits from a young age.


The Parent’s Role


As parents, you are your child's first and most influential teachers. Setting a positive example with your own dental care routine is paramount. Let your child observe you brushing and flossing your teeth daily and make it a fun and interactive activity. By prioritising dental care as a family, you help to build lifelong habits.


In conclusion, proper dental care for your child begins even before their first tooth emerges and continues throughout their life. By introducing tooth brushing early, scheduling regular check-ups at Church Road Dental Care, using age-appropriate toothpaste, promoting a healthy diet, and setting a positive example as parents, you pave the way for a lifetime of healthy smiles.


Did you know we see children via the NHS? Register with us today and learn how we can help your family’s dental health.




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