Children’s Fun Day – 24th October 2016

Some photo’s from our Fun Day in the practice!

There were games, experiments and health information as well as a dental examination and hygiene education session. We like to educate with fun!

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Portrait of a Young Girl With Gappy Teeth and Blond HairWhen should you start to bring your child to the dentist?

Bring your child to the dentist when the first milk teeth appear. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know us. We can help prevent decay and identify any oral health problems at an early stage. We will encourage your child to let us take a look in their mouth but we would never force them.

When you visit the dentist, be positive about it and make the trip fun. This will stop your child worrying about future visits. Try not to pass on any of your own fears you may have.

Bring your child for regular dental check-ups as advised by the dentist. NHS dental care for children is free.

Bring your child along to our Oral Health Educator – for help with brushing, diet and much more.

Mother And Daughter Brushing Teeth TogetherBrushing

Start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through. It’s important to use a fluoride paste as this helps prevent and control tooth decay. Children should use just a smear of toothpaste. Children aged between three and six years should use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.

All children can use family toothpaste as long as you supervise brushing with them until the age of seven and make sure they don’t eat or lick toothpaste from the tube.

Children under the age of six who don’t have tooth decay can use a children’s toothpaste if you prefer, but make sure it contains at least 1,000ppm fluoride. Check the toothpaste packet for this information.

It is important that you brush your child’s teeth for about two minutes twice a day, ideally, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day.

Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste but not to rinse with lots of water. Rinsing with water after tooth brushing will wash away the fluoride and reduce its benefits.

Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it. From the age of seven or eight they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it’s still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they brush properly and for about two minutes.

Download a tooth-brushing chart

tooth-fairy-signatureLetter from the Tooth Fairy!

If you’d like to download a print off a letter from the tooth fairy to give to your child, please click the link below!

Download letter

Food Diaries

Click on the images below to download a food diary to help keep track of what your child is eating each day!

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